- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Attorney General Gary King says the Farmington school district has improperly contracted with a private company to manage an online charter school.

King reached the conclusion in a nonbinding legal opinion released Tuesday.

The New Mexico Virtual Academy opened in 2012, and serves students statewide in grades six to 12.

Virginia-based K12 Inc. provides curriculum and administrative services.

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

According to the opinion signed by King and an assistant attorney general, K12’s services represent management under state law. The company’s involvement includes hiring of personnel, budgeting and maintaining student records.

Farmington school Superintendent Janel Ryan did not immediately respond to a telephone message and email requesting comment.

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