As the Pennsylvania General Assembly considers the state budget, parents with children in public cyber charter schools hope they won’t be treated like second-class citizens again.
Funding cuts ignore that cyber charters already begin with an average of 25 percent less in funding than traditional district schools, although they are required to provide an equal education. That’s even more perplexing when you consider that many of our students come from traditional public schools that have failed them. They’re often behind their peers and turn to cyber schools for help.
Funding cuts would severely impact our cyber schools’ ability to properly educate our children, especially those with specialized needs, causing them to only fall further behind.
Pennsylvania was once on the vanguard of online student learning. That’s a legacy worth investing in – not cutting. Please don’t give in to special interests and their greed. Our children deserve the same opportunities as children in traditional public schools.
TILLIE ELVRUM, president, PublicSchoolOptions.org, Colorado Springs, Colorado