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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bill levels field for cyberschool graduates who want to join armed forces

Bill levels field for cyberschool graduates who want to join armed forces

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By JAN MURPHY, The Patriot-News

December 23, 2011, 6:00AM
The defense authorization bill elevates armed-forces applicants with cyberschool diplomas to the same status as traditional high school graduates. Full story »

Many cyberschools have counseled students with military aspirations to return to brick-and-mortar schools for their junior or senior years.

They’ve done so to avoid heartwrenching setbacks such as the one Douglas Cook encountered this year.

The 19-year-old Cook, of Emporium in Cameron County, graduated from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in February. He planned to join the Marines. More...

16 comments :

Anonymous said...

The cost of these "Cyber Schools" compared to a traditional public school is astronomical. They are a huge financial drain on our public school system and should be done away with. I see kids in my town that go to cyber school playing all day and doing everything but the work they are supposed to do.

Anonymous said...

Cyberschools collect $11,000 for each student that attends from Potter County, If they have an IEP, it is $17,000. 10 out of 12 cyberschools did not meet AYP last year. Some have not met AYP for 7 straight years. There are no minimum time requirements for students to log on the computer. Our tax dollars are being wasted.

potter county mom said...

well if the public schools would do better dealing with bullies among kids and teachers, maybe parents would use the public system. Seeing how kids treat one another is ridiculous!! I've considered the charter schooling cause the school district SUCKS!!! If you're a teacher's kid or relative, you get nothing done to ya. and the kids you see running around??? Probably already have their days work DONE!

Anonymous said...

Cyberschool kids get better grades and that is without a union and taxpayer paid retirement benefits !!!

A Normal School Grad said...

Who gets this $11,000? Don't tell me it's the Parents who are trying to Teach them.
Who taught 7:02 and !2:06 the proper way of writing or is this how Cyber School dose it.
Or maybe they were taught by someone in Cyber School who thought they were good teachers or in a normal school and didn’t pay attention.

Anonymous said...

my son went to cyber school because when we moved up here form the city and he went to coudy high school he was treated badly by the kids because he was an outsider and didnt belong here...

Anonymous said...

12:06:00 AM... where do you think all that cyber school tuition that has to be paid goes?. it might not be going to your local teachers but it sure as hell is paying someone's salary and benefits. Grades might be different if the kids attending cyber schools would actually have to work for their grades. Cyber schools are nothing but the governers piggy bank. why do you think he pushes them so much.

Just Me said...

TO:Saturday, December 24, 2011 5:52:00 PM EST

Your statements are false, my daughter is in PACyber. This is her second year. Her PSSA's scores doubled last year while in PACyber. She now gets straight A's & B's and is in her virtual classroom everyday with a real teacher. She also has tutoring classes each week. I removed her from public school because of her being bullied for a year straight and nothing being done about it. PACyber is very strict with logs & it is monitored. The Instructional Support Supervisors are very good, their giving my daughter the very best education she can get and it shows in her grades, she is in 8th grade and some of her Dorma & Dora tests revealed capable of doing 12th grade work.Considering she was below grade level before I withdrew her from public school and is now above grade level in some subjects speaks volumes. SHE IS THRIVING!! In a way I guess I owe her bully a great big THANK YOU!! If it wasn't for her my daughter would still be in public school where most teachers don't care. My tax dollars are very well spent!

PA Cyber Charter School

On Wednesday afternoon, members of our Virtual Classroom staff (L-R Justin Lindner, Christine Crow and Tom Ward ) were interviewed by a production crew from PBS News Hour. This respected primetime public television news show is working on a segement showing why families choose online learning and how education is delivered to the student at home over the Internet, especially through the Virtual Classroom. PA Cyber was chosen because Pennsylvania is a leader in cyber education and PA Cyber is the leader among state cyber charter schools. A 12-minute segment will be produced for national broadcast to a 2-3 million viewer audience in early January.

PACyber will be on PBS: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150441566429598&set=a.387244434597.164002.92868664597&type=1&theater

Anonymous said...

My daughter was spending too much time with a local boy in Coudersport. He was stoned most of the time and blowing off classes. His parents basically were in denial and he somehow conned them into allowing him to "take classes online," because he was too lonely and stoned to get up in the morning and go to school. He somehow got a pretty meaningless diploma after my daughter took all of his tests for him. She finally realized that this lazy stoner bum was not going anywhere and ditched him. He is down south now drifting from minimum wage job to job and sponging off relatives. His parents should never have allowed him to take the easy way out and his receiving a diploma does nothing but diminish the value of a diploma. There is not enough accountability with these cyber schools.

Anonymous said...

Hey 1:51 AM:

Does NOT dose. Where did you go to school?

Just Me said...

My daughters PSSA's speak for themselves, only SHE can take them. As for a useless diploma, well I know of quite a few public schools who issue them every year. Public schools have always just passed kids that shouldn't have passed. We all heard the stories, "they let that kid graduate and he can't even read" upon trying to enter college. A online education isn't for everyone. But, it's here to stay and it's a choice parents can now make in Pennsylvania. You now have online colleges galore, so there must be more good then bad or they wouldn't exist. My daughters self esteem is back, she no longer fears her bully, she actually feels her bully is pathetic. I'll never allow her to enter public school again. The article was about students from cyber schools being able to join the military not whether cyber schools should be allowed. I do know it's great not getting the calls to take my daughter to the ER because she got hurt again by her bully. It's great she is eager to learn again. It's great her educators work with me to give her the best education she can get. She has perfect attendance so far this year, and perfect attendance last year, because of her bully when she was in public school she missed a total of 44 days. With her phys ed program she has lost weight she is no longer overweight. I no longer worry about the next phone call if OV's number shows up on my caller id. It's great she doesn't have to stand outside in the cold waiting for the bus, it's great I don't have to hit the mobs come August to buy school clothes. I am very grateful my daughter had a alternative to better herself. She now gets a disruptive free, bruise free, fear free education that she has always been entitled to but her brick and mortar school didn't provide.

Anonymous said...

Cyberschooling is not for every child. Many kids who are being bullied do benefit tremendously, there are also emotional and mental disabilities that make the public schooling difficult to tolerate. A lot of these kids would have dropped out and turned to the streets had it not been for cyber schoool. Yes ninety % of public school teachers are there for the paycheck and those types of kids are a bother. Now parenting is a big part of this aa well... We need to make our kids accountable... THAT IS NOT THE TEACHERS JOB ... IT IS THE PARENTS JOB... The stoner kid had no parenting... So why should the kids who really need it suffer ... The ones with caring parents trying to help their kids succeed.... Remember not everyone was blessed with PERFECT...NORMAL ... kids... Some parents actually have to go above and beyond the "norm" to help their kids sicceed.... Dontbe selfish and take that away... If you havent experienced an ADHD, bipolar, panic disorer etc child trying to struggle through school THEN YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS LIKE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So how are the extracurricular and social aspects of education working out for you cyberschool parents? I am not being sarcastic. I really do want to know how that is handled.

Anonymous said...

Seems it would only make sense that if the parents want the child to go to a cyber school they should have to foot the extra costs not the school districts. It's no differant than your child attending another public school or a college, in those situations the parents would have to make up the differance. That is the biggest problem with cyber schooling. The school district has to make up the tuition differance and in the long run we as tax payers will be footing the bill when the school districts have to raise taxes to pay for cyber schooling.

Just Me said...

The public school failed to provide my daughter with a safe learning environment. I can prove that with the medical bills and the therapy she needed because of the stress her bully put her through. I went through all the proper channels, including pressing charges. The bully got nothing in court as her dad is a serviceman so special treatment was applied.(illegal, but anyway) My daughter and I were treated badly by the police officer. The bully was finally suspended the last 2 weeks of that school year and it was only during those 2 weeks that I seen my daughter relaxed and happy. The school did nothing to help my daughter. I guess you need to walk in our shoes to understand it. Public school failed for my daughter, so they should pay. Public schools are more upset because the $10 or $11k they get from the state per child is redirected towards my daughters schooling. Her social skills are fine if not better then what they were in public school, she is choosier who she befriends. Besides, the last time I was in our public school, some of the things I saw and heard, well she doesn't need those kind of skills.

Anonymous said...

Just like the "DRUG FREE SCHOOL ZONE" signs. Schools get extra money for posting them but do nothing to crack (no pun here) down on the dealing or use in school. Heaven forbid it got out that use and dealings are an everyday occurance and the school loses that money.