LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — K12 Inc., a for-profit online
charter school operator, and the 14 affiliated non-profit schools known as the
California Virtual Academies (CAVA Schools), will settle a case involving allegations of false claims, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced.
The defendants allegedly misled parents by urging them to
enroll kids in K12 schools, using misleading advertisements about students’
academic progress, parent satisfaction and their graduates’ eligibility for
University of California and California State University admission.
Additionally, the schools purportedly inflated their student attendance numbers
in order to collect more money from the state’s Department of Education.
“All children deserve, and are entitled under the law, to an
equal education,” Harris said. “K12 and its schools misled parents and the state of California by claiming taxpayer dollars for questionable student
attendance, misstating student success and parent satisfaction, and loading
nonprofit charities with debt. As my
office continues an industry-wide examination of for-profit academic
institutions, this settlement ensures K12 and its schools are held accountable and
make much-needed improvements.”
K12 agreed to provide roughly $160 million in debt relief to
the non-profit schools it oversees and pay $8.5 million to settle all claims. It
will also implement reforms to the way it conducts business.