I’ve spent my morning in the Community Media Lab researching cyber schools. I received a phone call from Fran Brennan, Michigan state director of Working America, who explained to me about the current legislation, SB 619 which was approved by the state Senate and is set to go before the House soon.
Highlights of the bill include lifting the cap on the number of cyber schools allowed in Michigan and removing the requirement that students be previously enrolled in a public school.
Many have concerns with cyber schools because it is strictly online education and children do not get the chance to socialize with others. There also concerns because there is a lack of data showing how effective the schools actually are.
On the flip side, supporters are advocating for the schools because they are a way to integrate technology into education and are also good for students who need a flexible schedule or need to stay at home, such as child actors or teenage mothers.
What do you think about cyber schools? Would you send your kids to one or do you already? Let me know!
Check http://www.heritage.com in the next few days for my article.