A majority of school boards in North Carolina are opposing the opening of a K12 online charter school. They understand that the North Carolina Virtual Academy will drain millions of dollars from the budgets of the state’s public schools. K12, the nation’s largest for-profit online charter corporation, persuaded one school board to sponsor its operation by promising them a 4% commission. As students sign up for K12, the home districts lose funding.
An administrative law judge granted the charter, but opposition is building among school boards across the state, including the host district.
It’s about time that school boards figured out that the online charter corporations drain revenues from the public schools, while providing an inferior quality of education. A study last year of charter schools in Pennsylvania found that cybercharters got worse results than either traditional public schools or brick-and-mortar charter schools.
It’s past time to stop wasting taxpayer dollars, wasting children’s time, and harming public schools while enriching investors. The point of education is not to make money for a few people but to educate the next generation.
Say no, North Carolina.