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For-profit ed firm K-12 Inc. mounts independent campaign backing Luna

K12 Management Inc., a for-profit curriculum developer based in Virginia that provides the curriculum for Idaho's largest online charter school, today donated $25,000 to a Nampa-based political committee, Idahoans for Choice in Education, which immediately spent $25,000 on an Arizona firm to handle broadcast advertising and production in an independent campaign supporting the re-election of incumbent state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna.

The donation and expenditure were reported in required 48-hour notices of independent campaign expenditures within two weeks of the election, filed today with the Idaho Secretary of State's office. The Idaho Virtual Academy, which uses the K12 curriculum, is the largest of Idaho's seven online public charter schools, which allow students around the state to learn online from home under their parents' supervision at state expense, rather than attend their local schools. Last year, the IDVA had 2,817 students enrolled, according to the state Department of Education.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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