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Public School Kids in Pennsylvania Getting Short-Changed
November 11, 2013
Pennsylvania's public online charter schools are popular, successful innovations that educate children failed by traditional schools. These schools, known as cyber schools, incorporate modern technology to support teaching and learning. They acknowledge that all students learn differently and extend the benefits of top-notch curriculum and self-paced learning to all students, regardless of their home address.
Is Virtual Learning the Anti-bully?
November 5, 2013
They mean well - the parents who inevitably ask "Aren't you concerned that your child won't develop social skills?" This is the most common question I get about my daughter, a six-year student at a full-time virtual school. But as we observed National Bullying Awareness Month this October, I felt obligated - as a mother and as a former teacher - to remind everyone of one key detail: Not all social exposure is positive.
Parent Leaders Advocate for School Choice on Capitol Hill
Parent leaders from across the country met with their elected officials on Capitol Hill as they gathered for PublicSchoolOptions.org’s 2013 annual Parent Advocacy Boot Camp.
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Policy Analyst Defends "Best Path to a Good Education"
December 5, 2013
Pennsylvania legislators should have confidence in virtual public schools, says one Commonwealth Foundation policy analyst. In his recent article "Treat Cyber Schools Fairly in Pennsylvania," John Bouder explores virtual public school options through the experiences of a PA cyber student suffering from severe scoliosis.
Does "Customized" Education Foster Success?
December 2, 2013
Alternatives to the education status quo are the way of the future, says Dr. David Palumbo in his recent Getting Smart blog. Palumbo describes the vast difference between his own education and the education of his children, who today learn through a variety of college classes, online courses, AP and IB high school classes for college credit, and community college courses.