Lt. Gov. Cawley Explores Virtual Learning

Feb 22, 2011, 11:33 ET from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

PA Cyber provides tour and digital education demonstration

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley yesterday toured The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School's Harrisburg facility, where teachers and school administrators demonstrated a virtual class and discussed how their innovative approaches and use of digital learning tools are improving educational opportunities for students across the commonwealth.

"As the new administration explores educational innovation in preparation for its budget proposal, we are proud to showcase for Lieutenant Governor Cawley how our flexible, personalized approach is achieving results and helping our students thrive," said Dr. Nick Trombetta, Chief Executive Officer of PA Cyber. "That he has taken the time to learn more about PA Cyber shows that the new administration is interested in identifying creative educational approaches that are working."

Through the use of high definition video and audio technology, Cawley talked with school officials in the main office in Midland, Beaver County and the southeast office in Delaware County, and discussed PA Cyber's approach to a variety of curricula, including its approach to special and early education, as well as tutoring programs.

"We are required by the state constitution to provide all children with access to public education, but we are not bound to abide by one particular model," Cawley said. "Our administration is exploring ways to empower parents and students through more options in education, and PA Cyber is an excellent alternative for many families."

PA Cyber was launched in 2000, when 500 students enrolled. Today it serves 10,000 students across Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) math and reading tests, PA Cyber students last year met or surpassed every performance target, attaining the standards for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined by the federal government and as tested by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Contact: Christina Zarek

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School