Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School
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The Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School (PAVCS) is a public virtual charter school. According to its website, PAVCS has roughly 4,000 enrolled students. Cyber charter schools enroll mostly homeschooled students and also children with special needs teaching them remotely via computer.
PAVCS was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in 2001 and then renewed in 2005 for an additional five years. Initially serving kindergarten through 2nd grade, as of 2009[update], it serves kindergarten through 12th grade.
Originally chartered by Norristown School District, the Pennsylvania Department of Education now serves as PAVCS' charter authorizer and monitors PAVCS' compliance with the stipulations of its charter. The school's current charter is for a period of five years from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2011.
The school is funded by the state. In 2007, the Pennsylvania state legislature passed a bill that caps the amount of money paid to cyber charter schools based on an average of such schools that achieved academic standards in 2006-2007. Both sides of the controversy have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying for or against passage. The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) retains about six lobbyists, each making between $90,000 and $160,000 a year, while school choice proponents have spent $250,000 lobbying against the bill.
A spokesman for PAVCS said, "If we're not funded properly, and you take away our teachers, we're not going to be able to operate."
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- "Charter Annual Review" (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Education. October 9, 2007. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 2007-12-31.[dead link]
- Smith, Craig (December 5, 2007). "House panel weighs flat rate cyber tuition". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2007-12-31.