Last week Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) solidified his legacy in Pennsylvania as the man who proposed to kick the largest number of students out of their public schools of choice.
Rep. Sonney would achieve this through newly introduced legislation that would close all public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, forcing 35,000 families to lose their school of choice. In many cases, students would be forced back into the very same schools they fled in the first place.
The parents of Pennsylvania have a few questions for Rep. Sonney:
- Do you believe that parents should have the freedom to choose the best schools for their families?
- How can you – in good conscience – force students back into the very schools that failed them originally?
- Do you believe all students learn in the same manner, at the same speed, and through the same teaching methods?
- If not, why are you the sponsor of a bill that would – in one fell swoop – eliminate cyber charter schools that are working for 35,000 of your fellow Pennsylvanians?
“Rep. Sonney – Please do the right thing and withdraw this terrible, school-closing bill at your first opportunity,” PSO Board President Colleen Cook said. “Public cyber charter schools play an important role and offer families school choice options where previously they had none. These schools matter to 35,000 students who fled their previous schools for any number of reasons. We need politicians and bureaucrats to realize – once and for all – that parents and families should be driving the bus, not them.”