Cyber charter schools are an experiment that failed.
It’s time to pull the plug and recoup our losses.
First, let’s get straight exactly what we’re talking about here.
Like all charter schools, these are contracted institutions. In fact, that’s what charter means – they’re independent businesses that sign a deal with the state to teach kids.
So they’re publicly financed but privately run. And in the case of cyber charters, they agree to educate children online without the benefit of a physical building.
Students access lessons via computer or other device, submit work electronically, get virtual feedback and assessment.
At best, these institutions are the grade school equivalent of the University of Phoenix – good only for independent, self-motivated learners. At worst, they’re the kiddie version of Trump University – a total scam.
In Pennsylvania, 10 of the state’s 15 cyber charter schools are operating with expired charters,
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