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Officials awaiting virtual school enrollment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee officials are waiting to see how many students enroll in a public "virtual school" run by a for-profit Virginia company.

The officials also want to see how much taxpayer money follows those students, The Commercial Appeal reports.

Sales teams for K12 Inc. completed a two-week sales blitz. They held informational meetings in a dozen communities for families interested in the new Tennessee Virtual Academy.

Corporate spokesman Jeff Kwitowski said Friday he didn't have enrollment numbers yet.

Critics say K12 Inc. doesn't have to pay for school buildings, libraries, buses and ball fields.

But for each student enrolled, the state is obligated to send at least $5,387 to Union County Public Schools. The rural district northeast of Knoxville rushed to contract with K12 to operate the new virtual school.

 

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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