Luna Allies Accused of Stretching Truth on Virtual Learning Achievement


The Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey reports that top executives of K12, which operates the Idaho Virtual Academy, have been slapped with a class-action lawsuit, alleging the company used deceptive recruiting practices and stretched the truth when boasting about student performance.

Popkey refers to a Washington Post report that said K12 CEO Ron Packard and CFO Harry Hawks were named in the suit, filed in federal court on Monday by a shareholder, raising questions about the effectiveness of virtual schools.

Idaho Virtual Academy boasts 2,930 Gem State students, receiving $12.8 million in state funds in FY 2010. Additionally, Packard, Hawks and K12 employees made campaign donations to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's 2010 election campaign.

A New York Times investigation, published Dec. 12, revealed inconsistencies when reconciling K12 student achievement and statements made by Packard.