University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

The Virtual Education Debate

In The View from the OEP on December 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

Instead of our typical “News from Around the Nation Links“, we wanted to highlight the debate surrounding virtual education that has taken off this week. It started when the New York Times ran a cover page article that was antagonistic toward online schooling and K12 Inc–a for-profit online education company. There were numerous reactions to the story that claimed the article was biased and provided an incomplete presentation of facts. The original article, and a few responses are posted below.

Virtual Education Debate

Profits and Questions at Online Charter Schools


In this cover page story, New York Times writer Stephanie Saul questions profits and quality of online charter schools.


K12 Inc. Statement on New York Times Article

The online education company, K12 Inc, was the most obvious target of the New York Times’ article. This is their response to the story.


Times Misses the Mark–Again

Online education advocate Tom VanderArk provides a more impassioned response to the article on his blog, Getting Smart.


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