The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 11, 2013

Cyber school article was biased

Daily Item

---- — I have read the article and the editorial concerning the cyber school issue. As a proud educator for a Pennsylvania public charter cyber school, I must state how misleading your information has been on this subject.

The article contained statements from local school directors stating that we have no board to which parents can go. At Agora we have a school board that meets as regularly as local boards. We follow the same state standards as all other public schools.

While it is true that we have not met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), it needs to be pointed out that many of our students are coming from schools that have not met them as well. We are taking every measure to ensure that our students are improving.

I have students from all over the state in my British Literature course. Most come from inner cities where going to school can be an unsafe place. Many are kids who are working to support their children or families. They come to us for many reasons.

Mr. Editor, you posed the question that without activities and "fun," why bother making the switch. I challenge you to sit in on one of my sessions and tell me that they are not having fun. My kids learn! I teach them to think critically about the information they learn. They do not merely spit back facts. Tell my student who is working two part-time jobs to put food on the table because his father is dying of cancer that he is not receiving a good education.

One local school director said he welcomes the competition of cyber schools. I did not know that we are playing in a game. I think we should be working together to provide a quality education. This is 2013, times and methods of education have changed. Would you have argued in 1920 that the only viable mode of transportation was the horse and buggy? You need to look more closely at the facts before forming a purely biased opinion.

Rich Delsite, Northumberland