Sen. Piccola Cuts Ribbon for Expanded PA Cyber Charter School Center, Harrisburg

Dec 03, 2009, 11:23 ET from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PA Cyber Charter School is a prime example of the educational innovation intended when the state charter school law was passed in 1997, said State Sen. Jeffrey E. Piccola.

Piccola (R-Dauphin) cut the ribbon for PA Cyber's new Harrisburg Support Center in the TecPort Business Center Dec. 2. The school moved into new, larger offices in response to enrollment growth. The center serves PA Cyber students in central Pennsylvania- about 800 of its nearly 9,000 students statewide.

Dr. Nick Trombetta, CEO of PA Cyber, said Sen. Piccola has been a leader and staunch supporter of charter and cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania.

"Without him we would not be here today," said Trombetta, noting Piccola was graduation speaker for the first PA Cyber class of 16 seniors back in 2001.

"This shows what can be done when government gets out of the way," said Piccola.

Piccola said he was especially pleased that PA Cyber has brought new jobs and activity to TecPort because helping develop private enterprise in the business park - formerly occupied by a government agency - has been a special project of his.

Majority chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Piccola told the PA Cyber staff that the charter school legislation he has jointly proposed with Minority Chairman Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester) will bring accountability to charter school finances while preserving educational choice.

Written into the proposed legislation is the Code of Accountability adopted in March by the Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools.

"We are confident that whatever you put together will protect our students and their families," Trombetta told Piccola. "We believe in educational choice with accountability and choice with positive outcomes."

Dauphin County Commissioners issued a proclamation on Dec. 1 congratulating PA Cyber on the new office. The document calls PA Cyber "a vital part of Dauphin County's educational system," and a school that "tears down the walls that keep children from reaching their fullest potential."

Headquartered in Midland, Pa., PA Cyber was founded in 2000, the first statewide cyber charter school and the first to offer instruction in grades K-12. PA Cyber uses the Lincoln Interactive curriculum designed and distributed by National Network of Digital Schools, an affiliated nonprofit foundation.

Contact Fred Miller, 1-724.643.1180 x1377

SOURCE Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School