Online public schools come under fire

Feb. 1, 2008 at 12:21 PM
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MILWAUKEE, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Online public schools in Wisconsin have come under fire from some who claim they are using taxpayers' money to inadequately teach children.

Some educators have argued that young children aren't old enough for an Internet education and that the growing public online schools are taking too much money from the rest of the public education community, The New York Times reported Friday.

Wisconsin state Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, proposed in January that online education state funding should be cut from $6,050 per student to $3,000 because he suspected "corporate profiteering" in the virtual schools.

"We are a vendor and no different from thousands of other companies that provide products and services to districts and schools," K12 Inc. spokesman Jeff Kwitowski told the Times. K12 Inc., works with schools in several states in developing online programs.

Last week lawmakers said Wisconsin online schools would be allowed to move forward with increased state supervision.

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