Virtual School Meanderings

August 10, 2018

NEPC – Diane Ravitch’s Blog: National Education Policy Center: Virtual Charter Schools are a Sham and Waste Taxpayers’ Dollars

This showed up in my inbox or RSS reader earlier this week.

Diane Ravitch’s Blog: National Education Policy Center: Virtual Charter Schools are a Sham and Waste Taxpayers’ Dollars

The National Education Policy Center recently issued a bulletin about the negative results of virtual charter schools. To see all the links embedded, open the NEPC report. Betsy DeVos wants more of these fraudulent “schools” to open.


It is no secret. The news media is full of reports about problems with cyber schools. Some recent examples include:

In January 2018, the nation’s largest virtual school, Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), closed. There was a subsequent failure to determine what happened to 2,300 of 11,400 students. The school shut down after the state of Ohio found that ECOT had overstated its enrollment by more than 9,000 students, resulting in a $60 million overpayment.

The Akron Digital Academy quietly closed last month because it could not repay the state the $2.8 million it owed for failing to correctly track enrollment. Akron Public Schools dropped its sponsorship of the school in 2013 due to problems such as poor student performance.

The state of New Mexico is in the process of shutting down the state’s largest virtual school, also for poor academic performance.

To continue reading, visit https://nepc.colorado.edu/blog/nepc-newsletter

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