Tennessee state Rep. Mike Stewart says his key legislative priority this year is convince state lawmakers to eliminate taxpayer subsidies to K12 Inc.
The Nashville Democrat said public funding directed to for-profit companies that provide online learning services “serves no good educational purpose.”
“It is a complete failure from an educational standpoint and is a huge cost to the state,” he said.
Stewart maintains that he isn’t hostile to the idea of better utilizing technology in Tennessee. “The virtual schools bill was not about virtual technology, which was already used by our schools,” said Stewart. “It was about channeling millions of dollars to one corporation –K12 Inc., which runs the virtual schooling — it is really just an extremely bad financial deal. There is nothing wrong with using the Internet for education. What is wrong is using a private company that charges over $5,000 a student to turn on a website. That is a bad deal for Tennesseans.”