Virtual School Program Hits Snag

Officials say a number of factors are to blame for more than a thousand students applying to attend the state’s first public online academy not being enrolled three weeks into the beginning of the institution’s school year.

K12 Inc., a Virginia-based for-profit virtual school company, runs Union County’s Tennessee Virtual Academy, which opened Aug. 8.

Union County Schools Director Wayne Goforth and K12 officials told The Chattanooga Times Free Press the factors range from more students than expected applying to issues some parents face in gathering and submitting by email or fax documents establishing state residency and proof of immunization (

A virtual-school bill won passage at the end of the state legislative session in May.

Critics say K12 Inc. doesn’t have to pay for school buildings, libraries and buses.