Educational Technology

May 15, 2017

Online Academy filling niche for Pittsburgh school district

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Molly Born, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One of the major incentives for the creation of the Online Academy was saving money for the district. Nearly 700 city residents attend cyber charter schools, down about 90 from 2012. The district by law pays charter schools more than $14,400 for each resident who is a non-special education student and more than $30,500 for each special ed student. Like charter schools, cyber charters are public schools open to students from throughout the state. Until the district established the Online Academy, no full-time online program offered the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship, which grants eligible graduates up to $30,000 toward postsecondary education.

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