Nonprofit calls for moratorium on Pennsylvania cyber charters

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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Education Law Center on Thursday urged the Pennsylvania Department of Education to deny applications for six new cyber charter schools, saying the cyber charter model doesn't work.

Citing poor academic performance, high student turnover, fraud charges involving former officials at two cybers, and the $366.6 million cost of the 15 cyber charters already operating in the state, the Philadelphia-based nonprofit called for a one-year moratorium on new ones. Cyber charters enroll 35,000 students statewide.

"We have no idea as to whether [the six applicants] are going to be approved," David Lapp, a staff attorney, told reporters Thursday in a joint phone briefing with representatives from Research for Action, an independent education-research organization based in Philadelphia.

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