HERNDON, Va. -- (Business Wire)
In federal court documents filed today, the Lead Plaintiff in a class
action securities lawsuit against K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) voluntarily and
permanently dismissed the claims it made about the academic performance
and educational quality of K12-managed schools.
The stipulation of dismissal by the Lead Plaintiff in the class action
will state that “substantial fact and expert discovery to date does not
support the academic performance and educational quality claims on the
merits.” This discovery included “voluminous document production …
totaling 132,355 documents comprising 1,032,725 pages,” deposition
testimony of K12 corporate representatives and of ten additional
witnesses, along with several expert reports.
The allegations the Lead Plaintiff will dismiss for lack of merit
Concealment of K12’s academic performance and annual growth measures
Excessive and burdensome student-teacher ratios
Improper grading and attendance policies at K12-managed schools
Hiring of unqualified teachers who were not properly certified
Failure of special education programs to meet government standards
Misleading high parent satisfaction scores
The remaining claims, which relate to the disclosure of student
enrollment and retention data at K12-managed schools, will be dismissed
as part of a proposed settlement agreement. Under the settlement, $6.75
million will be paid into a settlement fund by K12’s insurance carriers
for stockholders in the class. The company continues to deny each and
all of the claims and all charges of wrongdoing or liability.
Furthermore, the company stands by its stated position that it operates
schools with high integrity and a focus on strong academic performance
for all students.
Nate Davis, Executive Chairman of K12 Inc., stated, “Ending the
litigation on these terms is a powerful vindication of K12 and a
pragmatic resolution for the company. The plaintiff is representing
before a court of law what K12 has always maintained: that the claims in
this lawsuit regarding our academic standards, student-teacher ratios,
grading and attendance policies – allegations unfairly echoed in the
media and other forums – could not be supported on the merits.”
Continued Davis, “While we also contend that Plaintiff’s remaining
claims about enrollment and retention are equally unsupported, given the
escalating costs of defense, the reality we faced is that the continued
litigation costs would have significantly exceeded the settlement
amount. Ending this litigation will allow our company to put this
distraction behind us and focus on our mission to continue to improve
academic performance and expand the availability of high-quality,
individualized learning for students worldwide.”
In addition to the resolution of the securities class action, the
company also resolved a related derivative lawsuit and associated
shareholder demands. All of these actions are subject to preliminary and
final court approval.
Special Note on Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within
the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These forward-looking statements may be identified by their use of terms
and phrases such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “continues,”
“likely,” “may,” “opportunity,” “potential,” “projects,” “will,”
“expects,” “plans,” “intends” and other similar terms and phrases, and
such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our
ability to resolve all claims for $6.75 million. These statements
reflect our current beliefs and are based upon information currently
available to us. Accordingly, such forward-looking statements involve
known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could
cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ
materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such statements.
These risks, uncertainties, factors and contingencies include, but are
not limited to: our ability to secure final approval from the court; the
extent to which individual claimants opt out of the class and pursue
individual claims; and other risks and uncertainties associated with our
business described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations
reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable
assumptions, it can give no assurance that the expectations will be
attained or that any deviation will not be material. All information in
this release is as of March 4, 2013, and the Company undertakes no
obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the
statement to actual results or changes in the Company’s expectations.
About K12 Inc.
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is leading the transformation to individualized
learning as the nation's foremost provider of technology-powered online
solutions for students in pre-kindergarten through high school. K12 has
worked with over 2,000 school districts and has delivered more than four
million courses over the past decade. K12 provides curricula, academic
services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts,
traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and families. K12's
curriculum is rooted in decades of research combined with 21st-century
technology by cognitive scientists, interactive designers and teachers.
K12's portfolio of more than 550 unique courses and titles—the most
extensive in the technology-based education industry—covers every core
subject and four academic levels for high school including Honors and
AP. K12 offers credit recovery courses, career-building electives,
remediation support, six world languages and a deep STEM offering. The
K12Program is offered through K12partner public
schools in more than two-thirds of the states and the District of
Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states
and 85 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
Christina L. Parker,
VP Investor Relations
Jeff Kwitowski, 703-483-7281
SVP Public Affairs
Source: K12 Inc.
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