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Contract with K12 for science curriculum lapses

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The School Reform Commission allowed its $3 million contract for elementary school science materials with K12 Inc. to expire when it declined to act to renew the contract by a May 1 deadline.

Controversy about the K12 contract arose last fall after parents and others protested broadcast remarks by company co-founder and shareholder William Bennett about aborting Black babies that were widely seen as racist. A proposal to terminate the contract immediately at that time was defeated by a 3-2 vote of the SRC despite vociferous community protests.

District officials say they retain rights to the curriculum materials. K12, based in Virginia, has another contract, which expires June 30, to play a management role at the Hunter School.

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