WHO: Sonney; members of the House Education Committee; representatives from Intermediate Units across the Commonwealth; representatives from various school districts; and representatives from cyber charter schools. Full agenda attached at link above.
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: G-50 Irvis Office Building, with live streaming and additional seating for overflow in the Capitol Media Center, 8 East Wing, Capitol Building, Harrisburg.
LIVE WEBSTREAMING: Will be available, barring technical difficulties, at PAHouseGOP.com and RepSonney.com.
Media contact: Brooke Haskell, 717-260-6351, firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2002, the General Assembly authorized the creation of cyber charter schools, which are authorized at the state level. These schools are not held accountable to local communities even though local taxpayer dollars are used to support them.
“It is my intention, that this legislation, will eliminate the tension between school districts and cyber charter schools,” said Sonney. “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.”
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. In addition, the school district must also provide at least two alternative full-time cyber programs, offered by a third-party vendor, other than the school districts intermediate unit or another school district.
“As chairman of the House Education Committee, I constantly hear concerns from constituents related to the cost and accountability of cyber charter schools,” continued Sonney. “Cyber education is an important choice parents should be able to make for their children, but local accountability is desperately needed to control the quality and cost of these programs.”
For more information on Sonney’s legislation, House Bill 1897, click here (will add link to bill summary/info once uploaded to system.)
Saturdays: Registration opens at 8:00 a.m., program starts at 9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m., lunch with break included
Saturdays: Registration opens at 10:00 a.m., program starts at 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., lunch with break included
- Saturday, January 25, 2020 — Bucks County IU 22, 705 N Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901
- Monday, February 3, 2020 — Beaver Valley IU 27, 147 Poplar Avenue, Monaca, PA 15061