Pa.’s cyber-charter schools are flourishing, not failing — before, during, and after COVID-19 | Opinion

BY: - July 17, 2020

Any discussion comparing the value of traditional and cyber-charter schools can never be a straight apples-to-apples comparison


After 20 years it’s past time for the Legislature to act on cyber-charter school funding reform | Opinion

BY: - June 16, 2020

Why should taxpayers be funding cyber tuition at the same rate as brick and mortar charters when the cyber charters don't have buiildings?


School’s out. We know that. The rest of it is a mess. | John L. Micek

BY: - April 13, 2020

My daughter was off school on Monday. For some reason. Just days after Gov. Tom Wolf declared that he was shuttering Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts until the end of the school year, Pennsylvania’s public schools were acting like school was in session by giving students a well-deserved day off from all the days off they’ve […]

Failed Philly cyber charter application highlights weaknesses in state law, observer says

BY: - February 19, 2020

The Virtual Preparatory Academy of Philadelphia Cyber Charter School fell short on every standard Pennsylvania uses to evaluate cyber charter schools, including support among parents and students, long-term financial planning, and proof that its students would meet state educational standards, according to a Jan. 27 memo from the state Department of Education.

During Capitol rally, charter school parents, students vow to push back against Wolf’s proposed reforms 

BY: - September 16, 2019

Wolf announced a series of executive actions in July imposing new fees and ethics requirements on charter schools. Public school districts would also be authorized to limit enrollment to low-performing charters.

Poor school districts are funding the state’s cyber charter schools, research shows. That wasn’t always the case

BY: - August 20, 2019

Poor districts disproportionately fund the state’s cyber charter sector, which reliably produces low test scores and graduation rates for its students, new research shows.

Pennsylvania’s charter schools, explained: How they work, and why Gov. Wolf wants to reform them

BY: - August 15, 2019

The debate over charter school funding has reached a “crisis point," education advocates say.

Public school advocates called for greater accountability for cyber charters. Then things got heated

BY: - June 12, 2019

A small rally in favor of cyber charter school funding reform led to a heated debate between education advocates in the state Capitol on Tuesday, the same day the House considered a slate of bills that would impose new regulations on the state’s charter sector. At issue was the performance of Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools, […]

To help balance the books, school officials ask Pa. lawmakers to boost basic ed funding, reform charter school law

BY: - June 5, 2019

A Stanford study found that Pennsylvania’s charter schools failed to deliver better reading education to their students than traditional public schools, and often delivered a worse education in math.

At Capitol rally, educators call for charter school funding reform, better oversight

BY: - April 29, 2019

Some 200 educators gathered in the state Capitol rotunda Monday to call for changes in the way the state pays for the taxpayer-funded institutions.

New report claims $250M savings from cyber-charter funding reform

BY: - February 18, 2019

A progressive advocacy group says fixing the way Pennsylvania funds cyber-charter schools would save the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year, cut down on waste at the schools, and improve student outcomes. The group, Education Voters of Pa., says it wants lawmakers to set a statewide tuition rate for the online schools at […]