Pa. school district creating "cyber academy"

April 14, 2008 5:49:57 AM PDT
A Monroe County school district is planning to set up a new school next year - but it will be on the Internet.

Pleasant Valley's school board voted unanimously last week to create a policy for courses to be offered through a "cyber academy."

The Web-based courses will be offered to students who can't come to school because of illness or suspension - and to students who simply prefer to learn from home.

The courses will be similar to those in classrooms. Online students will earn the same diploma and will also be allowed to take part in extracurricular activities.

Officials say they hope to lure back some parents who have enrolled their children in other online schools, usually charter schools. Such schools bill the district for the students, and last year the board had to use more than $160,000 from its reserve fund to cover their tuition.

Information from: The Morning Call,