Through most of the summer, we will be subjected to TV ads for Pennsylvania’s for-profit, publicly funded cyber-charter schools. We see happy students banging away on new laptops, smiling parents and helpful in-home teachers. The ads emphasize that their programs are “tuition free,” which is true if you do not count your school tax paying $9,000-11,000 for each student.

Do these cyber schools deliver on their promises, and are they providing a cost-effective alternative to what our local public schools offer? A recent report suggests the answer is, “No!”

R. Lasco is a retired high school librarian and chair of the Gettysburg Democracy for America Education Task Force.

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