Nearly 2,000 students and families rallied in Harrisburg Tuesday at Pennsylvania's Capitol Day. Those present represented 157 charter schools and 15 cyber charter schools. The size of the crowd gave force to its message: Don't slash funding for our alternative public schools.
A Virginia parent spoke out today about the impact of Carroll County's recent decision to shut down Virginia Virtual Academy (VAVA). In response to a one-sided op-ed published by The Roanoke Times, one New Castle, VA mom explained "The real raw deal here is the more than 400 children (including my son) who just found out they have no school to attend next year."
The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted virtual school's role as a valuable public school option in Karen Rile's "Virtual Shout-out for Cyber Schools." Rile, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, debunks a few virtual school myths and describes the success her two daughters found with cyber learning.