The recent passage of state House Bill 618 is devastating for Pennsylvania public cyber school children. HB 618 would cut the funding for our public cyber schools by as much as 10 to 15 percent. This loss would be devastating for our schools.
A dramatic cut like this would mean that all schools would have to cut staff, increase class size and reduce services. Smaller cyber schools have indicated that this cut will close their doors.
Once again, our children are being treated like second-class students because they attend a public cyber school. We support the accountability measures in this bill, but why do people want to cut funding for our children? Our schools already receive 30 percent less.
Our children are public school children and they deserve a quality education. Passing a bill such as HB 618 without any research or real facts does nothing but harm our children.
The writer is president of Pennsylvania Families for Public Cyber Schools (pacyberfamilies.org).