Residents to oppose company’s scheme to siphon funds from 18 public school districts to for-profit school

Tennessee State Rep. to share her state’s dismal experience with K12 Inc., a charter school company that is attempting to siphon public school money away from local communities.
GENEVA, IL – Tennessee State Representative Gloria Johnson will be the keynote speaker at a Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice-sponsored community forum in Geneva, IL this Sunday that seeks to address a fast-breaking effort by K12 Inc. to compel 18 local school districts to allow the for-profit company to siphon off public education dollars to support its profit-making venture.

The community forum will be held on Sunday, March 17th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the 1st Congregational Church of Geneva, located at 321 Hamilton St. in Geneva. Community residents are working to spread the word about the free public forum to all concerned parents, teachers and taxpayers – with a special focus on inviting regional school board members and school administrators who will ultimately be compelled to make decisions about this important issue.

K12 Inc. is attempting to establish a virtual charter school named Illinois Virtual Charter School @ Fox River Valley in 18 suburban school districts–an effort eased by the Illinois’ State Charter School Commission that could allow the company to foist its plan more easily on local districts.

State Rep. Johnson is attending the NIJwJ-sponsored meeting to share her experience with K12 Inc. as a Tennessee lawmaker. After receiving evidence that K12 Inc. instructed their teachers to delete low test scores, Johnson has become a vocal critic of the for-profit virtual business and is making a special trip to Illinois to share this information with local school board members and community residents. Other charter school experts will also speak on the panel.

K12 Inc’s CEO alone makes $3.9 million/year in salary — a Wall Street money grab rather than a way to advance education goals, charge community activists, who are using the March 17 forum to inform the public about K12 Inc.’s dismal track record as an education ‘provider.’ NIJwJ and local community residents plan to mobilize to attend the seventeen remaining public hearings on K12 Inc.’s proposal, and to use those public hearings and Sunday’s forum to expose the corporation’s poor performance record as educators and draw attention to the raft of investigations and law suits that have been brought in other states against K12 Inc.

“We have studied K12 Inc. closely, and we are taking a clear position against their application,” says NIJwJ Co-Chair Mary Shesgreen. “K12 Inc.’s proposal is a device to divert vital taxpayer funds from our schools and into the pockets of their shareholders – who include Wall Street speculators who profit from taking vitally needed public funds away from public schools – while their track record as ‘educators’has a growing record of failure and worse.”

To arrange interviews with State Rep. Gloria Johnson or other panel experts prior to the event, contact John Laesch: 630-878-7454, johnlaesch@live.com. The NIJwJ on-site media coordinator for the March 17th event is Pam Verner: 630-347-6006, pamelaverner@comcast.net.

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Press contacts: Pam Verner, 630-347-6006, pamelaverner@comcast.net; John Laesch, 630-878-7454, johnlaesch@live.com.

Community Forum: K12 Inc. Virtual For-Profit Charter School Scheme

Sunday, March 17, 2-5PM

1stCongregational Church of Geneva, 321 Hamilton St., Geneva, IL 60134

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