Online school's performance 'unacceptable'

photo Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is calling last year's student performance at Union County public schools' new, privately run Tennessee Virtual Academy "unacceptable."

"Its performance is demonstrably poor," Huffman said in an interview last week about the online academy, which under a 2011 law passed by the GOP-controlled General Assembly began operations in the 2011-2012 school year, enrolling 1,783 students from across the state.

The school is operated by K12 Inc., the nation's largest publicly traded online education company, under contract with the tiny Union County Public Schools system. State taxpayers are footing the bill through Tennessee's Basic Education Program funding formula.