Audit finds poor oversight of Utah schools’ online education

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Two private companies are being paid millions in Utah tax dollars to recruit online students who boost enrollment for mostly charter schools — on paper.

The schools contract out the students’ online education back to the same companies that recruited them. Some schools then pay little attention to student performance, attendance, or progress toward graduation, leaving it to the private company, a new state audit says.

Many of the charter students take only a few classes online, the Utah State Office of Education audit found, but their school gets paid as if they are full time.

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