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!