Letter to the editor: Cyber learning as financial strategy?
What's the value of a cyber charter school? It depends on whom you ask.
Parents and caregivers at Commonwealth Charter Academy value the respect we have for their opinions and the education we offer their children, including a flexible schedule, family involvement and personalized learning. If you ask school districts, the answer is usually around $15,000. That's the average amount a Pennsylvania district spends to educate a student. Districts publicize that financial loss to combat the existence of cyber charter schools. Many view a child whose family exercises school choice as only a lost-dollar calculation.
That priority is apparent in the article “ Western Pa.'s school districts set up own cyber academies to keep money, students in-house. ” I'm happy to hear school districts are offering cyber learning to students, but there's a clear difference between a quality, comprehensive cyber charter school and a curriculum-in-a-box program.
For the sake of Pennsylvania students, I hope school districts value the quality of a modern cyber education — regardless of which school is providing it — and are not just using this new approach as purely a financial strategy.
Maurice “Reese” Flurie
The writer is CEO of Commonwealth Charter Academy.