Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis today announced he has denied all eight cyber charter school applications for the coming school year.
"The proposals submitted by the applicants lack adequate evidence and sufficient information of how prospective students would be offered quality academic programs," Mr. Tomalis said in a press release. "In addition, the financial plans presented call into question each applicant's ability to maintain a long-term, viable educational program for the benefit of Pennsylvania students."
Pennsylvania has 16 cyber charter schools.
Cyber charter schools are chartered by the state. Brick-and-mortar charter schools are chartered by local school districts.
The eight schools whose applications Mr. Tomalis denied are:
• Akoben Cyber Charter School, Philadelphia County
• Insight PA Cyber Charter School, Delaware County
• MB Resiliency Cyber Charter School, Philadelphia County
• Mercury Online Cyber Charter School, Dauphin County
• Pennsylvania Career Path Cyber Charter School, Lehigh County
• PHASE 4 America Cyber Charter School, Allegheny County
• Urban Cyber Charter School, York County
• V3 Cyber Charter School, Dauphin County
Applicants can seek reconsideration from the department or appeal to the state's Charter Appeal Board.
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