Sep 26, 2011 9:39 PM by Trovette Tottress

CO online schools get audit request

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer is requesting an emergency audit examining online K-12 schools over "serious concerns" about student failure rates.

Shaffer sent lawmakers in the audit committee a letter outlining his request Monday afternoon and saying he would like the audit
completed before the Legislature meets in January and budget discussions begin. Republican lawmakers in the audit committee
immediately accused Shaffer of political maneuvering because he is running for Congress.

Lawmakers will discuss Tuesday whether to proceed with Shaffer's request. An audit typically takes about 9 months to complete.
Shaffer says he's concerned that online schools have little oversight and that some maximize their enrollment rates to get more
state funding but have little or no plan for retention or educational success.


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