Charter school reform bill now positioned for Pa. Senate vote
Studies elsewhere have also found the quality of cyber schools to be inferior to those of traditional public schools. Cyber schools were the subject of a recent investigative article in The Nation about a small group of lobbyists who stand to profit from legislation like that in Michigan. The piece noted that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the de-facto leader of these lobbyists, has been to see Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) twice to press for more open cyber school laws in Michigan. Johnson said he voted no on the cyber school bill in late October because of quality concerns.
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In response to concerns about university authorizers, Smuckers revised bill introduced parameters on which universities could open charter schools and where those charters could be located. Only the two dozen or so universities headquartered in the state that offer doctoral degrees in education with at least 2,000 students could grant charters that allow a school to operate anywhere in the state. Universities offering bachelors in education with at least 2,000 students could grant charters to schools that operate in the county where the university is located. And any other university with at least 2,000 students could open charter schools located within the school district where the university is located. One of the concerns we heard was that universities could authorize schools at a distance from their location and the other concern, a legitimate one, was to ensure the authorizers are providing the oversight needed to ensure the charter school is performing well, Smucker said. Still, Susan Spicka, co-founder of Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley, a midstate-based public education activist group, said this provision is still problematic.
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Cyber school increases education
Every individual cannot be catered to in a public school system. There are rules set up for the masses and there are teachers set up to teach in a classroom setting. Students who may not be self-motivated, self-disciplined, good at managing their time, and who are codependent do well in the tradition school system. However, children can learn better, experience better, and overall be more successful, in a personal, individualized setting such as a cyber school. The traditional school system helps students prepare academically for their future beyond high school and helps them to focus on what career field into which they want to go. I believe it is important to prepare and plan for our futures and take the required steps needed to reach our goals.
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