Pa. denies proposals for 8 cyber charter schools

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HARRISBURG – State education officials have denied applications to create eight new cybercharter schools in Pennsylvania.


Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis cited significant deficiencies in curriculum, finances and overall operations in rejecting the proposals Monday.


The state currently has 16 cybercharters, which are publicly funded online schools. Last year, more than 33,000 Pennsylvania students were enrolled in cybercharters.


Eight more applied to operate beginning this fall, and state officials held public hearings on the proposals in November.


A Stanford University study released in 2011 found Pennsylvania cybercharters performed worse in reading and math than both brick-and-mortar charters and traditional schools.


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