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.