Tennessee Legislature Memo Regarding Cyber Schools
"However, the cost to the state is about five times higher (around $5000) than the cost for a parent enrolling a child outside a charter school. Obviously, there's much more money to be made by marketing through charter schools rather than directly to individual homeschooling families."
Cathy Duffy Reviews Blog
K12 online computer-based curriculum
Publisher: K12, Inc., Review last updated: course prices updated 2009
K12, Inc. was formed with an initial $10 million investment. To recoup that investment, K12, Inc. seems to have pinned its financial hopes on tapping into government funding through charter schools and vouchers. (Goldsborough, Margaret W., "A New Enterprise Joins Growing Community of Online Schools," New York Times on the Web, January 24, 2001 <http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/24/technology/24EDUCATION.html>). It's much easier to sell families on K12 if the state pays all the cost and families pay nothing. So K12 has already begun to tap into the charter school funding stream with contracts in Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, and Alaska. Charter schools offering K12 curriculum typically offer additional teacher supervision and computer equipment. However, the cost to the state is about five times higher (around $5000) than the cost for a parent enrolling a child outside a charter school. Obviously, there's much more money to be made by marketing through charter schools rather than directly to individual homeschooling families.
PA Voters Show Powerful Support for Public Education; Majority Believe Public Education is Key to a Strong State Economy. Poll shows voters believe state should provide more funding for public schools
Harrisburg, PA—(November 21, 2011)—The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) has released poll results that show Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly value public education, support an increase in state funding for the 500 school districts statewide, and support public school choices, while opposing the use of taxpayer funds for private school tuition. The polling, commissioned by EPLC, was conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, which is based in Harrisburg.
Districts will try ads to win students
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Taxpayer money hasn't paid for advertising for traditional public schools, but cyber charter schools spend some taxpayer money to sponsor events and buy ads, Hippert said.