Report Finds Cyber and Hybrid Schools Save Pennsylvanians

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Commonwealth Foundation released Monday a comprehensive report on Pennsylvania cyber schools and blended learning programs that conclusively found that these public school alternatives save children's education while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Among the findings in the report, "The Learning Revolution: How Cyber Schools and Blended Learning Transform Students' Lives," policy analysts found enrollment in Pennsylvania cyber schools exploded by some 1,400 percent in the last 10 years, from barely 2,000 students to almost 28,000 today, all while costing taxpayers just 76 percent of what traditional public schools cost.

"Education has finally caught up with twenty-first century technology to produce viable choices for parents and opportunities for students to grow, learn and thrive in a competitive global market," said report coauthor Nate Benefield, director of policy research at the Commonwealth Foundation. "Not only are these schools producing successful alternatives that save children from bullying or schools with inadequate resources, but they save taxpayers money along the way."

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