Do your lawmakers support cyber charter school funding and accountability reform?
In Pennsylvania, school districts pay tuition bills for students who attend cyber charter schools. The tuition rates are not based on the actual costs of educating a student at home on a computer. Instead, tuition rates are based on the per student expenditure of the school district from which the students come.
As a result, school districts are forced to pay cyber charter schools far more than it costs them to educate students.
Cyber charters spend excess taxpayer funding on things like:
- expensive advertising campaigns,
- generous CEO salaries,
- giveaways to students,
- and in the high-profile fraud case committed by Nick Trombetta, founder and CEO of PA Cyber, more than $8 million in taxpayer money was spent on an airplane, vacation homes and other luxuries.
Most PA cyber charter schools are also among the lowest performing schools in the state. A recent Stanford University study found that PA cyber students lose the equivalent of 106 days of learning in language arts and 118 days of learning in math compared to their counterparts in school districts.
Under Harrisburg's current law, Pennsylvanians are overpaying for cyber charter school failure.
Ask your state lawmakers if they support this current system or if they support reform that would eliminate wasteful spending, save taxpayer money, and ensure accountability for cyber charter schools.