Pennsylvania is on its way to becoming the Wild West for Cybercharters, where anything goes, so long as it’s online.
The state already has 16 Cybercharters. Now it is considering another 8 of them. The only states with more students enrolled in virtual charters are Ohio and Arizona.
This likely expansion will occur despite repeated evidence that the academic quality of these virtual schools is inferior and that the costs are inflated. Also, the money to fund their bloated budgets comes out of the budget of public schools, so its a lose-lose proposition.
The fact that the state’s largest Cybercharter is under investigation by the FBI is unlikely to have any bearing on the state’s decision.