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Thu April 10, 2014
Online School Disagrees With N.M. Attorney General
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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