PA Cyber Showcases High-Tech Cyber Education for Former U.S. Education Secretary Richard W. Riley

Aug 17, 2009, 19:26 ET from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

MIDLAND, Pa., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world has changed and America's kids need a high-tech education.

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley will visit the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School ( and related innovative educational entities. Riley will be joined by elected officials to see firsthand the benefits of online education and meet cyber teachers.

"The world changes and education has to meet those changes and lead. Nine thousand PA Cyber students and their families understand this. We have a unique opportunity to show Secretary Riley what great things happen when schools focus on service and quality, and when families are given educational choices," said Dr. Nick Trombetta, founder and CEO of PA Cyber.

Riley, a former governor of South Carolina, has been a force for educational innovation and reform both nationally and in his home state. Charter schools have been approved in South Carolina and have become very popular in a short time. Riley may tap the expertise of educational leaders here for the charter school movement there and in other Southern states.

Officials of the National Network of Digital Schools, a nonprofit management foundation, plan to show Riley their Lincoln Interactive ( online curriculum, including the new Little Lincoln elementary program and Cutting Edge Science (CES) courses. A new CES course for high school juniors and seniors is Alternative Energies, developed in cooperation with scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratories. Lincoln Interactive, the online curriculum originally created for PA Cyber, is now provided by NNDS to students in 185 schools in 12 states

Trombetta said Riley will be shown how educational innovation created more than 1,000 jobs and revitalized the once-struggling steel mill town of Midland, Pa.

PA Cyber is Pennsylvania's largest and most successful cyber charter school, graduating 917 seniors in 2009. The first statewide online school for grades K-12, it will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2010.

Riley served as Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2001. He was governor of South Carolina from 1979 to 1987.

The Christian Science Monitor stated many Americans regard Secretary Riley as "one of the great statesmen of education in this century."

CONTACT: Fred Miller of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, +1-724-643-1180 ext 1377,

SOURCE Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School