|Posted:||September 20, 2019 02:31 PM|
|From:||Representative Curtis G. Sonney|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||School District Cyber Education Programs|
|I am preparing to introduce legislation that will require all school districts in the Commonwealth to offer full-time cyber education programs accountable to local communities.
In 2002, the General Assembly authorized the creation of cyber charter schools, which are authorized at the state level. None of these schools are accountable to local communities even though local taxpayer dollars are used to support them.
Under my legislation, the constant tension between school districts and cyber charter schools will be eliminated. Cyber charter schools, instead of being separate school entities, will be able to serve as third-party vendors and work with school districts to offer full-time cyber education programs. School districts will also be given the flexibility in creating their own full-time cyber education programs or work with third-party vendors such as intermediate units, cyber charter schools, institutions of higher education, other school districts, or educational entities to offer these programs.
The goal of my legislation is to offer students access to high-quality cyber education programs in a way that is accountable and transparent to local communities.
Key components of my legislation include:
Introduced as HB1897