Thursday, December 3, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, November 20, 2020
Acellus: Opposition Movement Could Cost Hawaii Schools $272 Million
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 614 Views :: Education K-12

Acellus Opposition Movement Could Cost Hawaii Schools $272 Million

Company recommends immediate reconsideration to save critical teacher positions

News Release from Acellus / International Academy of Science, Nov 19, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 19, 2020 -- The International Academy of Science estimates that if Hawaii schools drop the use of Acellus curriculum, the resulting exodus of students would cost schools $272 million a year in lost state funding.  The company estimates this could result in the loss of 4,546 teaching positions in 185 of the state's public schools.

The estimate comes in response to a Hawaii Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design panel report recommending that Acellus be removed as a curriculum option at Hawaii schools.

"The Acellus team is very disappointed at the report that came out from the Hawaii Curriculum panel today," said Acellus Chairman Dr. Roger Billings in a video available online.  "It raised objections to specific items in our Acellus curriculum. They gave us the report a couple weeks ago, and so our team went on fire.  We created 23 new courses to fix everything they mentioned.  All of those problems are gone, and yet the report comes out today recommending 'we've got to get rid of Acellus because it has these things.'  The simple truth is we don't have these things anymore."

Acellus has been used by 6,000 schools all over the United States with great success.  Graduation rates are going up, students are scoring higher on standardized tests, and graduates are getting into college with scholarships because Acellus works so well.

While the Hawaii panel report asserts that Acellus 'lacks rigor,' many disagree.  Acellus is a learning accelerator and, as a result, students using it learn faster.  Far from a detriment, this amazing technology tends to increase student motivation and allow for exposure to more courseware while maintaining high retention rates.

Acellus courses include electives like coding.  The Acellus STEM-10 program is the most comprehensive from any K-12 learning system.  It starts in the third grade using robots to teach students how to code.  This coding curriculum continues all the way up through high school.  When students come out of the Acellus STEM program, they are ready to do things with their careers and enter advanced studies.

Millions of students are using Acellus with extensive positive feedback.  Parents often report that after putting their kids on Acellus, their kids began to really excel in school for the first time.

Out of the 185 schools that bought Acellus this year in Hawaii, four schools decided to discontinue Acellus because they heard assertions that it was racist and sexist.  The discontinuation led 421 kids to pull out of Hawaii public schools and join the company's Kansas City distance learning schools for Acellus.  Since state funding is allocated to schools based on student enrollment, this equates to a $6 million loss in state funding to the local schools.  Now those parents have to pay for Acellus out of pocket instead of having it provided to them through their local school.

If Acellus is discontinued at the remaining Hawaii schools and a proportional number of parents decide to remove their children, this would result in a loss of 19,050 students, equating to $272.8 million per year of lost funding to public schools.

"That would be a disaster," said Dr. Roger Billings.  "Schools would have to lay off so many of their wonderful teachers and that's something we really need to prevent.  We need to keep these public schools intact.  That's part of the goal and the mission of Acellus."

The 23 new course versions created for Hawaii are available to schools today.  Developers on the Acellus team noted that many of the things the Hawaii panel wanted removed, including lessons about religion, are required by Hawaii state curriculum standards.  It appears that much of this campaign is being driven by people with agendas rather than by facts.

Acellus takes all allegations of inappropriate content very seriously and has remained extremely responsive to any concerns brought to their attention.  While all Acellus content is thoroughly vetted as it is developed, continual feedback from educators, parents, and students is always encouraged.  Any content concerns raised that are even potentially inappropriate are revised or replaced, often by the end of the day on which complaints are received.

---30---

About Acellus

Acellus is a learning accelerator used by over 6,000 schools.  It uses video-based lessons with cutting-edge technology to accelerate learning, elevate standardized test scores, reduce dropout rates and transition more students into careers and college.  Acellus currently has over 300 course offerings in all core subjects including Advanced Placement, Career & Technical Education, and STEM.  Learn more at: https://www.acellus.com

About International Academy of Science

The International Academy of Science is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has been advancing science and education for over 30 years. The Academy offers applied science undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students with the hands-on skills and experience needed for success in the workplace.  See: https://www.science.edu

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Hawaiian

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT