Cyber Schools: 1% of Education Spending

In 2010-11, public cyber schools cost $319 million out of $25 billion on PreK-12 spending—just 1% of Pennsylvania’s total public education spending.

Cyber vs. School District Spending, 2010-11
Total Per-Student
School Districts $25,095,498,696 $14,167
Cyber Schools $319,475,044 $11,501
Cyber spending as % of school district spending 1% 81%
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education, “Expenditure Data for All LEAs,” 2010-11,
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Total 2010-11 cyber enrollment was 27,779.

For more facts on cyber school funding, see Commonwealth Foundation’s latest Policy Memo, and visit Cyber Schools Save to see the success stories of real Pennsylvania cyber students.