Public Schools Try to Lure Pa. Cyber Students Back

Monday, June 18, 2012

There's a battle being waged for Pennsylvania's schoolchildren.

Traditional public schools are on the offensive trying to lure back students from cyber and charter schools with their own cyber academics. Public school officials tout better standardized test scores and diplomas from known schools.

Superintendents argue they're grappling with tight budgets, cutting programs and laying off teachers. Yet, they're funneling tax dollars to growing home-based cyber schools that aren't meeting state standards but can afford to offer things districts cannot -- like foreign languages in elementary school.

But the reasons families remove children from their home districts and enroll in cyber schools run the gamut and are often complex.

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