With growing evidence that the nation's cyber charter schools are plagued by serious academic and management problems, Education Week conducted a months-long investigation into what is happening in this niche sector of K-12 schooling. The result is a deep-dive account of what's wrong with cyber charters. Education Week uncovered exclusive data on how rarely students use the learning software at Colorado’s largest cyber charter, the questionable management practices in online charters, and how lobbying in scores of states helps keep the sector growing.
At Colorado’s 4,070-student GOAL Academy, just 1 in 4 students uses the learning software each day. The founder helped direct millions of dollars to his for-profit management company.
Savvy lobbying, well-connected allies, and impassioned parents have helped keep online charters growing across states even in the face of often-poor results.
Education Week spoke extensively with senior officials from Connections Education, focusing on the company's response to challenges that cyber charters frequently encounter with student engagement.READ MORE >
Arianna Prothero, Staff Writer
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Holly Yettick, Director, Education Week Research Center
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Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, Managing Editor
Gregory Chronister, Executive Editor
Vol. 36, Issue 11