Company behind NC online school probed in Florida

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A for-profit education company behind a North Carolina lawsuit seeking approval for an online charter school is under investigation in Florida for allegedly falsifying student records.

The Florida Department of Education is investigating K12 over evidence the Virginia-based company violated state law by using uncertified teachers and then attempting to cover it up by asking certified teachers to sign the class rosters.

In a story this week, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting quoted a certified teacher who said a K12 manager ordered her to sign records for about 100 students she never taught. The company has denied the allegations.

A North Carolina judge in July blocked efforts by a non-profit group funded by K12 to open an online school supported by taxpayer money. That ruling is under appeal.

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