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Cyber school waste

| Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In reference to the news story “New Florence girl advocates for cyber schools at state hearing” (April 18 and TribLIVE.com): I am very glad that two of our state representatives recognize the inherently unfair cyber school funding formula and are working to amend it.

The story quotes Achievement House cyber charter school spokeswoman Lynn Rodden as saying, “There's just no way cyber schools will be able to continue to exist if more money is eliminated from our budgets.” I have a question for her, the Legislature and the Pennsylvania Department of Education: Just how much money do cyber schools spend on advertising each year? And why are these schools allowed to waste public education dollars to “sell” themselves to parents?

Several times a year, we are inundated with advertisements for cyber schools — in newspapers and magazines, on radio and television, and on the Internet. These ads are not cheap. Isn't the taxpayer money provided to these schools supposed to be spent on educating students?

If our traditional public schools advertised, they would be vilified for wasting taxpayer dollars. Why are cyber schools any different?

As long as these “non-traditional public schools” that advertise themselves as “tuition-free” continue to drain tax money from our local public schools, they must be held to the same accountability standards in spending our money and educating our children.

Pamela Newhouse

Ligonier

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