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Johnson Denounces ‘Apparent Grade Fixing’ at TN Virtual Academy

Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; February 12, 2013:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) denounced the K12, Inc. education corporation for apparent grade fixing at their in-state subsidiary, Tennessee Virtual Academy, a for-profit online school.

More than $15 million in public funding is flowing to the for-profit Tennessee Virtual Academy this year thanks to a law passed by Republicans. Despite the hefty price tag, the poorly performing virtual academy has recently come under fire after scores placed the corporate school among the state’s worst performing schools.

This week WTVF News Channel 5 uncovered a Virtual Academy internal memo directing teachers to delete student’s bad grades.

Rep. Johnson, a career schoolteacher, said deleting bad grades would never be acceptable at the Knox County public school where she teaches.

“Public school teachers are accountable for every student test score every time, and we have multiple layers of accountability to honestly measure student success,” Johnson said. “This internal grade-fixing memo clearly shows that the Tennessee Virtual Academy’s bottom line is protecting corporate profits instead of improving student learning.

“They lied to parents, they cheated kids and they stole from taxpayers,” Johnson said. “Tennesseans deserve better than a big, out-of-state corporation cheating our children and taxpayers to line its own pockets, and it’s time to fix this multi-million dollar mistake.”

Proposals that would alter the laws governing the Tennessee Virtual Academy are scheduled for discussion in the State House Subcommittee on Education at 3 p.m. today.


  • The Tennessee Virtual Academy, a subsidiary of the K12 corporation, now enrolls about 3,200 students across Tennessee. —
  • Only 16 percent of K12’s Tennessee students were proficient in math. —
  • Gov. Haslam’s own education chief has called K12’s performance “unacceptable” — The Tennessean

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