November 11, 2013
Pennsylvania's public online charter schools are popular, successful innovations that educate children failed by traditional schools. These schools, known as cyber schools, incorporate modern technology to support teaching and learning. They acknowledge that all students learn differently and extend the benefits of top-notch curriculum and self-paced learning to all students, regardless of their home address.
November 5, 2013
They mean well - the parents who inevitably ask "Aren't you concerned that your child won't develop social skills?" This is the most common question I get about my daughter, a six-year student at a full-time virtual school. But as we observed National Bullying Awareness Month this October, I felt obligated - as a mother and as a former teacher - to remind everyone of one key detail: Not all social exposure is positive.
Parent Leaders Advocate for School Choice on Capitol Hill
Parent leaders from across the country met with their elected officials on Capitol Hill as they gathered for PublicSchoolOptions.org’s 2013 annual Parent Advocacy Boot Camp.
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December 11, 2013
Online learning may have a new policy champion, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. As our friends at Digital Learning Now! explain in a blog, Chairman Wheeler has used both his first speech as FCC chairman and a new e-book to advocate for enhanced wireless and wired communications so that more American households and schools have the Internet access they need.
December 5, 2013
Pennsylvania legislators should have confidence in virtual public schools, says one Commonwealth Foundation policy analyst. In his recent article "Treat Cyber Schools Fairly in Pennsylvania," John Bouder explores virtual public school options through the experiences of a PA cyber student suffering from severe scoliosis.