AG: Online school contract breaks rules

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Grades for NM schools have been released for the 2013-2014 school year.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – Attorney General Gary King says the Farmington School District has improperly contracted with a private company to manage an online charter school.

State law prohibits charter schools, which are schools financed with taxpayer money, to contract with for-profit companies.

Questions were raised about the New Mexico Virtual Academy which serves students statewide grades 6-12 and contracts with a Virginia company.

While the AG’s office’s opinion is not legally binding, KRQE News 13 asked the Public Education Department if it will take any action against the district. We have not heard back. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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