As reported in the Valley News Dispatch, Pennsylvania school districts continue to add online options in response to students leaving for public cyber schools.
Two things to note:
- Districts do respond to competition, when they “lose money”/lose students to schools of choice.
- Districts are spending a lot less per-pupil—less than half in this case—to educate students online than in their buildings, a major savings to taxpayers.
Indeed, the options for families are increasing, including the development of hybrid, or blended schools, which combine the online components of a cyber school with a facility for students to attend—such as the recent Agora Learning Center launched in Philadelphia.
Relatedly, a new report from Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education outlines the best practices in the states for high-quality digital learning.