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Pa. denies all applications for cyber-charter schools in 2014

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks

There will be no new cyber-charter schools opening this year in Pennsylvania.

The state Department of Education rejected proposals from each of the six operators that applied in November.

The state’s 14 existing cyber-charter schools – which educate students via computers in students’ homes – have thus far produced dismal academic results for their 35,000 students statewide.

Judging by the state’s new school performance profile scores, the 11 cyber-charters for which information is available scored well below state averages.

Pennsylvania’s cyber-charters have also drawn criticism from academics and the state auditor general regarding their use of public funds.

After hearing testimony from the six new organizations hoping to create cyber-charters, Education Department officials said in December that they would review the applications with "a laser focus" while "increasing the rigor of the review process."

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