Tuesday, March 11, 2014
K12 Inc., the Herndon, Va. firm at the center of a Maine Sunday Telegram investigation on virtual schools and digital learning policy in Maine, has made additional donations to Maine Republicans in recent months.
According to the latest disclosures submitted to the state ethics commission, K12 donated $2500 to the Maine Senate Republican Majority PAC at the end of August and $500 to the leadership PAC of house whip Andrew Cushing (R-Hampden) in early September.
Previously, K12 appeared to be trying to shore up its support with Democrats. On Jan. 3 it gave $500 to the House Democratic Campaign Committee, and in 2011 another $500 to the leadership PAC of Assistant Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond (D-Portland). (Alfond was the sponsor of a digital education bill that was backed by K12 that was rejected in committee last session.) In 2011 it also gave $500 to the Empowering Maine Leadership PAC, the leadership PAC of Sen. Barry Hobbins (D-Saco), the Senate Minority Leader.
In 2010, The firm contributed $19,000 in support of Paul LePage's candidacy for governor via the RGA Maine PAC.
As the Telegram investiation showed, K12-managed virtual charter schools have a questionable track record in other states. The company has applied to manage a such a school in Maine, the Maine Virtual Academy.
As previously reported, K12 is currently under investigation in Florida for allegedly using uncertified teachers in its schools.Tweet
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