Online School Disagrees With N.M. Attorney General

Apr 10, 2014

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An official with a Farmington online school disagrees with a legal opinion by Attorney General Gary King that says the public charter school wrongly contracted with a private company to manage it.

New Mexico Virtual Academy governing council president Larry Palmer said Wednesday in a statement the board had "absolute control of the oversight and management" of the school, which serves students statewide in grades six to 12.

Virginia-based K12 Inc. provides curriculum and administrative services.

Palmer said the board hires the school's top administrator, who's responsible for hiring teachers and others.

Palmer said a contract with the private company was revised last year.

King spokesman Phil Sisneros said the new agreement was examined for Tuesday's opinion.

Charter schools are prohibited from contracting with for-profit companies to manage a school.

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