PA Cyber 'Gold Standard' for Online Education; Former U.S. Education Secretary Tours High-Tech School

Aug 20, 2009, 13:42 ET from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

MIDLAND, Pa., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A former U.S. Secretary of Education came away impressed with his first look at PA Cyber Charter School and Lincoln Interactive ( online curriculum.

"I'm so proud of what you have done and are doing here. This is a time when we really need to be looking at new and better ways of doing things," said Richard W. Riley after touring PA Cyber headquarters ( Aug. 19.

The story of how rustbelt steel town Midland became a center for innovative education reminded Riley of how his home area of Greenville reinvented itself as an automotive manufacturing center after the textile industry left.

"Education is becoming more innovative than compliance-driven," said Riley. "Remember the word 'innovation.' Creativity and innovation. That's what we Americans do better than anybody else."

Riley, who led the nation's education department from 1993 to 2001, was accompanied on the tour by two former Congressmen, Ron Klink of Pennsylvania and Thomas Sawyer of Ohio. Both served in Congress during Riley's tenure.

"I came here to learn and man, did I. The kind of program that has been put together here at PA Cyber is the gold standard," said Sawyer. Now a state senator from Akron, Sawyer recently played a key role in preserving cyber school funding in Ohio.

Klink said cyber education offers the potential that "every great lesson from every great teacher is available to every student, no matter where they live." He called Riley "the most effective Secretary of Education our nation has ever seen."

Dr. Nick Trombetta, CEO of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, led the tour and explained events which led to the creation of PA Cyber. The 9,000-student school celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010.

Visitors learned PA Cyber teachers primarily use the premier Lincoln Interactive online curriculum for both real-time (virtual classroom) and self-paced instruction.

Lincoln Interactive and its new Little Lincoln elementary curriculum, designed and distributed by the nonprofit foundation National Network of Digital Schools (, are audited by the Tri-State Study Council of the University of Pittsburgh to ensure quality and content.

Lincoln Interactive is used by 185 schools in 11 states.

    Fred Miller of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School