Saturday, April 15, 2006
Home school proponents donate heavily to Nodler PAC
K12 Inc., a McLean, VA based provider of curriculum materials to homeschoolers, contributed $5,000 to the Nodler Leadership PAC in January, according to the quarterly statement filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission earlier today.
The company does not limit its curriculum services to homeschooled students, according to its website.
"K12 has created a nationally acclaimed learning program which includes thousands of lessons in traditional subjects, academic assessments, and planning and progress tools delivered through the innovative and powerful K12 Online School. The learning program also incorporates many traditional learning materials including books, workbooks, classical stories, K12 PhonicsWorks tile system, math and science supplies, maps, art books and tools, instruments, music CDs, and much more. More than 70,000 students nationwide are currently using the K12 learning program in a variety of learning environments, including traditional public school classrooms, virtual (online) public schools, and homeschools."
It appears K12, which is a heavy contributor to Republican legislators in Missouri, is getting its money's worth considering the success thus far of the virtual school program in Missouri, which has passed the Senate and has had its first reading in the House. It's almost a sure bet that legislators will find a way to get K12 involved in establishing the curriculum for the virtual school.
The Nodler Leadership PAC received $12,100 during the past three months and spent $11,450, leaving it with $7,554 in the bank at the end of the period.
In addition to the $5,000 from K12 Inc., the PAC received $2,500 from NutraBlend, Neosho, which is, of course, connected to Moark, $150 from Freeman Health System CEO Gary Duncan and his wife, Suzanne; $500 from UST, a pharmaceutical company, and $500 from QC Holdings, Overland Park, Kan., one of the nation's largest payday loan companies.
The Nodler Leadership PAC contributed $10,000 to the Senate Majority Fund, in $5,000 increments on March 9 and March 20 and $600 apiece to two Republican state senate campaigns.