Day on the Hill is One Week Away!

Cyber Alert - Day on the Hill is One Week Away!


Dear Families,
 
Our annual Day on Hill is scheduled for May 17th!  It is one week away! We wanted to give you more details about our event and the schedule for the day.

We hope that you will be able to join us in Harrisburg as we gather to thank legislators for the opportunity our children have to learn in the best way for them!

This year's event is going to be even more important this year.

Please keep in mind that plans for the event is still coming together so some of the actual times of the events may have to be adjusted. We will keep you updated as we get closer to the event.
 
Here is the schedule of events for the day:
 
                                          Check-in                 10:00 am
                      Main Capitol Rotunda
              
                        Meet with Legislators               10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
         Families Return to Capitol steps             12:00 PM
                          
                  Rally and Press Conference
                                      (Capitol steps)            12:15 PM
 
       Families to meet with Legislators              1:00 – 4:00 PM
 

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Harrisburg to let our voices be heard! 

When you meet with the legislators, tell them:

    -   Pass a state budget that protects cyber school funding!
    -   Your personal story about your child’s cyber school education.

Find your legislators:

Visit our website: www.pacyberfamilies.org

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Links.”
Click “Find your legislator.”
Use the “Find My Legislator” section on the left side of the page.


Student Ambassador Program

Are you a student in 9-12 grades? Have you wanted to get involved in the political process but didn’t know how or have a way to participate?  

We are looking for students to become part of our Student Ambassador Program. Students will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the political process by meeting with legislators, contributing to letters to the editor and a day at the Capitol on May 17th where they can meet with legislators during a legislative session day.  

If you are interested in participating in this program, send an email to Jenny at jbradmon@gmail.com with your information including name, address, phone number, current grade and why you would like to participate. We currently have several openings for interested students!


Thank you all for everything you do to protect our schools!!  We will see you in Harrisburg on May 17th!

Stay energized!

Monica Allison

Posted on May 11, 2016 .

Cyber Alert - It Is Critical to Contact Your Legislators and the Governor!

Dear Families,
 
The budget impasse continues in Harrisburg.  It seems Governor Tom Wolf is unwilling to pass a budget to release funds for public schools and our public cyber schools.  As the stalemate continues, our schools are suffering. On Friday, Agora Cyber Charter School was forced to lay off more than 100 staff members due to lack of funding.
 
It is time for our voices to be heard. We need to let Gov. Wolf know how important our schools are to our families.  He also needs to know how wonderful the teachers at our public cyber schools are for our children.  All of our schools are at threat of layoffs or worse!
 
Please call your legislators and Gov. Wolf today! They need to hear from you!  We have had many threats to our schools and we always ask you to contact your legislators, but it is critical. Without funding, our public cyber schools could close!
 
If you don’t know who your legislators are, go to www.pacyberfamilies.org and scroll down to Links. Then click on find your legislator. On the left side of the page you will see “Find My Legislator”. Enter your information and it will bring up your legislator and how to contact them.
 
Also, call Gov. Wolf and share your stories! You can call his office at 717-787-2500 and you can email his office at https://governor.pa.gov/contact/
 
We also want to take a moment and announce we will be holding our 10th Annual Day on the Hill on May 17th in Harrisburg at the Capitol.  Mark your calendars for May 17, 2016!  Plan to be in Harrisburg to let your voice be heard!

Thank you all for everything you are doing to protect our public cyber schools!  We need each of you to help give a face and a voice to protect the choice for our children!
 
Stay energized!
 
Monica Allison
President
 

Posted on February 16, 2016 .

Cyber Alert - Devastating Cuts to Cyber Schools! Call Your Representative Today!

Dear Families,

The House is still considering legislation that will cut our funding to our public cyber schools! Whether through HB 530 or through a tax vote, the cuts are TRIPLE than the original bill!


This would mean that most of our public cyber schools would face a cut that is equal to 25 percent of their budget!

I know we have sent out cyber alerts in the past that have let you know of cuts.  This time it is the most serious!  We can not stress enough how important it is to call your representative to tell them to vote NO on HB 530 or any legislation that will cut our funding! The cuts would slash the funding for our schools to levels forcing our public cyber schools to close their virtual doors!  

How is this fair to our children? Our students are public school students and need to have the same consideration as any other student.

If these cuts are passed, this funding gap will only continue to increase. Cyber charter schools are public schools, too, and we simply cannot accept this unequal funding treatment.
 
Contact your representative in the House today in their Harrisburg office and ask them to vote NO to HB 530 or to legislation that cuts cyber charter school funding!  If you don’t know who your representative is, go to www.pacyberfamilies.org and scroll down to Links. Then click on find your legislator. On the left side of the page you will see “Find My Legislator”. Enter your information and it will bring up your legislator and how to contact them. 

We have repeatedly asked this question: Why are our children being treated like second-class students? After all, students enrolled in online schools already get 30 percent less funding than other public school students, and cyber school funding accounts for less than 1 percent of the total Pennsylvania spends on public schools every year.

For some of you that are new to our organization, PA Families was organized in 2006 by parents with one goal: to help preserve and protect the public education choice we have made for our children.

We are the ONLY parent led organization in Pennsylvania advocating for our cyber school children.  For too long, student needs have been overshadowed in the education debate. We need legislators to hear your stories and how our public cyber schools have helped your families.
 
Please call them today! 

Your voice CAN make a difference!
 
As always, thank you all for helping to protect our public cyber schools!

Stay energized!

Monica Allison
President

Posted on December 17, 2015 .

Cyber Alert - We Need You To Call Your Legislators!

Dear Families,

The legislature is considering proposals that would slash the funding for ourschools to levels forcing our public cyber schools to close their virtual doors! HB 530 will allow for a study to determine actual costs of public cyber schools. Currently, the legislature is considering amendments to HB 530 that will allow larger cuts to our public cyber schools!  We can not allow this to happen!

We have long been on record as publicly supporting HB 530, which establishes a funding commission to truly examine costs as opposed to arbitrarily making them up and ignoring fixed costs for political reasons.

We have repeatedly asked this question: Why are our children being treated like second-class students? After all, students enrolled in online schools already get 30 percent less funding than other public school students, and cyber school funding accounts for less than 1 percent of the total Pennsylvania spends on public schools every year. If these cuts are passed, this funding gap will only continue to increase. Cyber charter schools are public schools, too, and we simply cannot accept this unequal funding treatment.
 
Contact your legislator TODAY in their Harrisburg office and ask them to vote NO to any legislation that cuts cyber charter school funding.   The insistence of cutting the funding of our schools, with out any research or facts, does nothing but harm our children and their education.

If you don’t know who your legislators are, go to www.pacyberfamilies.org and scroll down to links. Then click on find your legislator. On the left side of the page you will see “Find My Legislator”. Enter your information and it will bring up your legislator and how to contact them.

For some of you that are new to our organization, PA Families was organized in 2006 by parents with one goal: to help preserve and protect the public education choice we have made for our children.

We are the ONLY parent led organization in Pennsylvania advocating for our cyber school children.  For too long, parent needs have overshadowed in the education debate. We need legislators to hear your stories and how our public cyber schools have helped your families.

Please call them today!  Your voice CAN make a difference!
 
As always, thank you all for helping to protect our public cyber schools!

Stay energized!

Monica Allison
President

Posted on December 3, 2015 .

Cyber Alert - We Are Back and We Need Your Help!

Dear Families,

We know it has been some time since you have heard from us. We apologize for our lack of communication. During our downtime, we were busy finding donors and organizing so that we can continue and now be better advocates for our families.

The good news is - WE ARE BACK!  For some of you that are new to our organization, PA Families was organized in 2006 by parents with one goal: to help preserve and protect the public education choice we have made for our children.

We are the ONLY parent led organization in Pennsylvania advocating for our cyber school children.  For too long, parent needs have overshadowed in the education debate. We need legislators to hear your stories and how our public cyber schools have helped your families.
 
Right now, more than ever, we need your help!  Currently, the legislature is considering proposals that would slash the funding for our schools to levels forcing our public cyber schools to close their virtual doors!  

We have long been on record as publicly supporting HB 530, which establishes a funding commission to truly examine costs as opposed to arbitrarily making them up and ignoring fixed costs for political reasons.
 
We have repeatedly asked this question: Why are our children being treated like second-class students? After all, students enrolled in online schools already get 30 percent less funding than other public school students, and cyber school funding accounts for less than 1 percent of the total Pennsylvania spends on public schools every year. If these cuts are passed, this funding gap will only continue to increase. Cyber charter schools are public schools, too, and we simply cannot accept this unequal funding treatment.
 
Contact your legislator today in their Harrisburg office and ask them to vote NO to any legislation that cuts cyber charter school funding.   The insistence of cutting the funding of our schools, with out any research or facts, does nothing but harm our children and their education.

If you don’t know who your legislators are, go to www.pacyberfamilies.org and scroll down to links. Then click on find your legislator. On the left side of the page you will see “Find My Legislator”. Enter your information and it will bring up your legislator and how to contact them.
 
Please call them today!  Your voice CAN make a difference!
 
As always, thank you all for helping to protect our public cyber schools!

Stay energized!

Monica Allison
President

Posted on November 23, 2015 .