The Pennsylvania Secretary of Education rejected eight applications for new cyber charters.

The state already has 16 cyber charters, with 32,000 students, all drawing from the entire state. The 12 cyber charters that have been around long enough to be rated all failed to make adequate yearly progress.

The eight that were rejected hoped to enroll another 10,000 students, wgphich would have cost the state $350 millions over the next five years.

This might be good news, a ray of hope, but cynics think that the rejected schools will reapply and some will be approved.

Cyber charters have terrible records: high attrition rates, low test scores, low graduation rates.

But they invest in lobbying and once they get authorized, they are very profitable.