A March 12 hearing before Pennsylvania's Senate Education Committee was dominated by debate over funding for the state's cyber charter schools, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. As expected, Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak's proposals to set a statewide tuition rate for cyber charter schools was sharply criticized by charter operators and parents. Several warned that the changes would reduce funding for cyber charters and could threaten their viability. Under the current law, school districts pay the same amount for a student of a cyber school as for one at a regular charter school. The rates vary widely and are based on how...

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