K12 Inc. Reaches $2.5 Million Settlement with State of California with Resolution of All Claims, No Admission of Liability or Wrongdoing, No Fines or Penalties
K12 and the CAVA schools continue to serve families across California
Jul 8, 2016
“The Attorney General’s claim of
“K12 never accrued these balance budget credits on its financial statements, and the CAVA schools similarly never incurred financial statement liabilities,” Udell added.
In the final judgment announced today, K12 and the CAVA schools agreed to improve, or in some cases accelerate, a number of planned and ongoing academic and business program initiatives. In addition, on a number of issues, K12 and the CAVA schools agreed to implement new policies and procedures that go well above and beyond current independent study and charter school laws and regulations.
The settlement with the state resolves both K12 and CAVA’s participation in the investigation by the
“The CAVA boards have led the charge to ensure the California Virtual Academies are well run and governed,” Udell added. “They have been supportive of the efforts to vigorously defend their schools and provide choice for the families of California.”
Today’s agreement with the state recognizes that K12 will be strengthening its support for the non-profit public schools where the company provides management services. It provides for timetables and action by K12 and the CAVA schools to improve the customer experience, provide additional information and data to families, and improve the training of corporate and school staff.
Among the provisions in the agreement are new requirements for the student attendance reporting process that exceed those found in current law. Other actions specified in the final judgement include: offering the opportunity for parents to request counseling sessions prior to student start dates to discuss the benefits and challenges of learning in a virtual school environment; adopting policies and conducting trainings for staff related to the services available for limited English proficient students and families; providing timely updates to data related to parent satisfaction and academic performance; continuing progress already made to ensure that the schools’ learning environment is accessible for students with disabilities; and, working with an independent, third-party expert to review and enhance K12’s special education policies.
Udell also detailed the financial portion of the settlement, which involves no fines or penalties.
K12 will be making an
In addition, K12 and the CAVA schools will implement a series of conduct provisions, most of which K12 had planned on investing in over the next three years. These include accessibility improvements in the company’s curriculum and technology platform. Udell pointed out that these investments would have been made by the Company in the ordinary course of compliance and product and service enhancements to improve the student experience regardless of the Attorney General’s actions.
“Opponents of K12 and skeptics of public online education have spent years making wild, attention-grabbing charges about us and our business,” said Udell. “The State of California used the full authority and investigative resources of the
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