Problem #1. Florida Virtual Instruction Programs Disclosure Information has a K12 Florida LLC Nonsectarian Policy (pdf) which cites the FL Statutes: Chapter 1000 K-20 GENERAL PROVISIONS, Part I: Section 1000.05, F.S nondiscrimination policy. Both of them are identical in that they mention: race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or marital status; however, when they get to their K 12 Florida LLC Employment Policies and Practices Related to Anti-Discrimination REVISED 2.10.13 (pdf), they include "sexual orientation". If sexual orientation" discrimination charges start flying around, suddenly discrimination is diminished and FL's criminal law is paramount as it's a gang related hate crime. Whereas mediocre discrimination could have been handled amicability by the administration, now it's a crime where arrest and jail are possible outcomes. See FL Statutes Chapter 874 CRIMINAL GANG ENFORCEMENT AND PREVENTION 874.03 Again we have suddenly gone from the potential of amicably working through a situation to a hate crime and potential arrest etc.. I'm thinking that the employees and staff of K12.com could easily be unnecessarily harmed. What is the potential danger to students and parents?
Problem #2. K12 Florida LLC on pages 1,6 & 7 of: K12 Florida LLC Disclosure Requirements (pdf) (Emphases added, updated 8/7/17.) This disclosure document states it's "free of bias" and then their Common Core standards and other leftist associations are proudly listed on page 4.What assurances are there that K12.com is worth the risk to the kids' time and talent? From the K12.com web site I have found that: it is national, publicly traded [ LRN K12 Inc. Stock Quote (NYSE) $13.26, Aug 2016] and that it has some links to various state oversight agencies, policies and laws. However, it just doesn't seem to have the transparency or provide the confidence that after the parents' due diligence to review and qualify the state's oversight and acceptance; and then qualify the companies administration and their curriculum; and be somewhat assured that the company would not be bought out by a philanthropic foundation for $100 million just to have the standards dumbed down, changed or modified so that the end is worse than the beginning. My real concern is that the FL Dept of Ed. who oversees the states' public school curriculum have allowed all manner of fallacies to creep into most disciplines. We have a lot of assurances that the new, free virtual school crap is just going to be the same old crap in a new bag?
K12’s Suite of Curriculum Content and Assessment
Assessments are aligned with the course objectives and are written first in the development process using the “backward design” approach. Test items are made up of a mix of basic knowledge, application of that knowledge in context, and analysis, synthesis, and evaluation questions. Assessments are age- and course-appropriate, as well as free from bias. Varied performance-based assignments are embedded throughout the courses. For assessments that are not computer-graded, scoring rubrics are provided for all required assignments or assessments. Extensive use of test pools and randomized test questions with a variety of cognitive levels build academic integrity in the assessments. Question pools and randomization also ensure that students taking the course at the same time are not being presented with the same exam. Semester examinations assess students’ overall mastery of the content.
K12 Florida LLC page 4.
• Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
• National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
• Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
• Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
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