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!”