How much do cyber charter schools really cost?

March 13, 2013 | No comments | Posted in education | Tags: , , ,

From the Commonwealth Foundation:

With the House Education Committee set to consider new legislation on reducing cyber school funding, the discussion has turned again to how much cyber schools “actually” cost and whether they receive too much money.

Cyber schools are public charter schools in Pennsylvania, and their enrollment has grown rapidly over the last decade. There are 16 schools altogether, with four approved last year alone, and they now boast over 32,000 students. Still, in our $25 billion public education system, they account for only $319 million, or 1 percent of total spending. They also receive less per student than traditional public schools, about 81 percent on average.

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Pennsylvania students need more educational options, not less. Why should one type of schooling have a monopoly of the state education money?

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