Study: Pa. cyber-charter schools lead on cost; lag on results | Friday Morning Coffee
Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. As public schools made the often-awkward pivot between in-person and online instruction during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commonwealth’s cyber-charter schools saw their enrollment explode as parents raced to find reliable schooling for their children. In fact, the Keystone State’s 14 cyber-charter schools saw their enrollment rise […]
Charter schools are public schools – they have to be held accountable to the taxpayers | Opinion
Pennsylvania’s students deserve more from our charter school system – and they can’t afford to wait.
Say no to largest transfer of taxpayer dollars out of public schools in Pa. history | Opinion
PSEA supports high-quality charter and cyber charter schools. That’s why we feel so strongly that there needs to be accountability for charter schools and the boards, administrators, and for-profit management companies that operate some of them.
Students flocked to cyber-charter schools this year. So did district revenue and federal relief funds
Like brick and mortar charter schools, cyber-charters are funded by contributions from public school districts. Districts pay the online schools an annual rate for each of their students who opt to enroll in one.
Pa. Senate education leaders need to give local taxpayers a break on cyber-charter costs | Opinion
Pennsylvania’s antiquated Charter School Law sets the ground rules for payments to cyber-charters and school districts are getting gouged.
Why are public schools footing the bill for substandard cyber-charter education? | Opinion
By Art Levinowitz When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, school districts across the nation saw a huge increase in cyber- charter school enrollment, including right here in Pennsylvania where cyber charter school enrollment is up by 63 percent to 62,000 students as of Oct. 1, 2020.< This trend should have Pennsylvania parents and taxpayers extremely concerned because […]
Pa. school districts project $475M increase in charter school costs during pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee
A new survey catalogues the challenges schools have faced over the 10 months -- and counting -- of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During pandemic, cyber charter schools are an important alternative for parents, kids | Opinion
Full-time online schools are an excellent option for families across Pennsylvania – an option that students deserve perhaps now more than ever.
Here’s 4 good reasons for Pa. to reject any new cyber-charter school applications | Opinion
Generally speaking, cyber students are not learning, and taxpayers are paying twice what they reasonably should.
State to consider two new cyber charter schools amidst enrollment boom
This is the first time since 2015 that state regulators have been asked to consider more than one in a single year.
With classes heading online, Pa.’s public schools, online charters find themselves in stiff competition
This summer, Leigh Ann Chow did something she hadn't seriously considered until she found herself living through a pandemic. She enrolled her children in cyber school.
Pa.’s cyber-charter schools are flourishing, not failing — before, during, and after COVID-19 | Opinion
Any discussion comparing the value of traditional and cyber-charter schools can never be a straight apples-to-apples comparison