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State auditors: Online schools fail to perform

Associated Press Writer

DENVER, Colorado, CO

DENVER ” Students in online schools are performing at lower levels than children in public schools, have higher dropout rates and are four to six times more likely to be required to repeat a grade, state auditors said Monday.

Auditors also said the state Department of Education failed to take action against underperforming schools by revoking their accreditation or putting school districts on accreditation watch, as required by the state Board of Education.

Education Commissioner Bill Moloney said it is the duty of local school districts to monitor the 18 online schools that served 6,200 students this year. Moloney also said the state doesn’t have the resources to do additional monitoring.

Moloney said the Department of Education tries to work with school districts that are in trouble.

“It is not the intent of the Legislature to say to districts if you don’t get well in a year, we’re going to go after you,” Moloney told lawmakers on the Legislative Audit Committee.

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