Petition update

NY Times, USA TODAY cover Acellus Controversy

Heather Moselle
Honolulu, HI, United States

Sep 5, 2020 — 

At least 6 Hawaii schools have chosen to cut ties with Acellus, despite the HIDOE's continued defense of the program. A number of other states have also decided to act; including California, and Ohio- with schools or entire districts cancelling their Acellus contracts. There are a growing number of petitions to remove Acellus from schools across the nation; some districts responded almost overnight, choosing to pull the program (see California coverage below). Your signatures, and willingness to bravely share disturbing and concerning content, which perhaps your own children or students were exposed to in the Acellus platform, has led to increasing national media coverage. The New York Times, USA TODAY and Education Week, in addition to dozens of local news outlets across the US, have covered the story. Rather than writing a long update, pointing (again) to myriad egregious problems with Acellus, including: a seeming lack of rigor or solid pedagogy in Acellus' curriculum; Billing's awarding himself and Acellus' employees degrees from his bogus academy; the racist, sexist and just-plain-incorrect content discovered by parents and educators- you may read for yourself what has been fact-checked, and published by reputable news sources.

Some Hawaii school principals are forcing parents to use this program or withdraw their child from public school, despite outcry from parents, educators as well as leaders in the Native Hawaiian community. Upon reviewing the Acellus lessons listed in the petition, which shamefully curtailed the Hawaiian Kingdom, disregarding years of rich history with just the click of a slide, we are hopeful they will reconsider their use of this program in Hawaii public education.

New York Times (scroll to 6th headline):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/world/covid-19-coronavirus.html

USA TODAY:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/09/03/covid-online-school-acellus-virtual-learning/3447522001/

Education Week:

https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2020/08/complaints_offensive_content_online_learning_provider.html

Hawaii:

https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/09/hawaii-does-distance-learning-tool-very-very-questionable/

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/08/26/hawaii-news/some-hawaii-public-schools-drop-acellus-online-program-after-pushback-from-parents/

California:

 https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/east-bay/alameda-unified-drops-online-school-program-after-claims-of-racist-sexist-content/2357408/

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Alameda-school-district-cuts-ties-with-online-15538889.php

https://www.chicoer.com/2020/08/28/cusd-to-drop-acellus-online-curriculum-after-claims-of-racist-outdated-content/

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/district-drops-curriculum-provider-days-before-1st-day-of-school-over-inappropriate-lesson-content/2394603/

Ohio:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200904/westerville-upper-arlington-schools-cut-ties-with-online-learning-companies

https://www.delgazette.com/news/85739/dcs-searching-for-new-online-learning-platform

https://week.com/2020/08/27/peoria-public-schools-explains-the-controversial-question-on-distance-learning-assignment-needed-context/ (sticking with Acellus as of this writing, 9/4/2020)


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