The I-News Network, a Colorado-based in-depth news consortium, and one of its partners, the nonprofit Education News Colorado, investigated what’s really happening with thousands of Colorado K-12 students who try an online school each year. This is the final report in a 3 part series. Click for part 1 & part 2.
An investigative report by I-News, a Colorado-based in-depth news consortium, shows that taxpayers will spend $100 million this year on virtual schools that are largely failing their elementary and high school students.
Florence High School junior Laura Johnson, 17, works on a computer between classes at the school on Tues, May 24, 2011 at FHS in Florence, CO. Johnson left FHS for the GOAL Academy online school, but returned after a semester with no credits earned.
Credit Joe Mahoney / iNews
Colorado taxpayers will spend $100 million this year on online schools that are largely failing their elementary and high school students, state education records and interviews with school officials show.
The money includes millions in tax dollars that are going to K-12 online schools for students who are no longer there.
Colorado lawmakers are directing auditors to map out how they would assess the state’s online K-12 schools. Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer is expressing concerns over student failure rates at the schools.