Report shows cyber schools no substitute for regular schools

SB 619 opens the door to unlimited and unregulated cyber schools. Such schools would be run by private companies and would use public taxpayer dollars for funding. While this may be the Legislature’s answer to “education reform,” a report by University of Colorado education professors Gene V. Glass and Kevin G. Weiner criticizes the move because there is no high-quality evidence of their effectiveness.

According to the report, “Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S.: Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation, “ 27 states now have full-time cyber schools, “but school districts are not getting full information on the actual costs of these programs, so it’s not clear if taxpayer money is being used effectively—or properly. “

Noting that all students deserve quality teachers, Glass and Weiner offer the following recommendations for state legislators and policymakers when it comes to cyber schools:

  • A financial audit to determine actual per-student expenses.
  • Authentication of student work with administrator in-person exams.
  • Rigorous accreditation of part-and full-time cyber schools.

To read the full report, go to http://www.greatlakescenter.org.                            

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