Report: Lancaster districts joining to offer online program

Interesting story from Lancaster Online here. Three districts in Lancaster County are joining forces to offer online instruction to students.

Victor Perez, 11, of Hanover concentrates during cyber school classes in this photo from 2008.

The story says it’s believed to be the first collaborative effort of its kind in the state. The idea is to save money and slow the number of students heading to cyber charters, the story says.

It reminded me of the story I wrote earlier this month about the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, which is starting a cyber school for students in York County districts.

It’s interesting to see districts trying new things to both save money and provide what students want. After all, if students wants an online experience and they can’t get it in their home districts, they now have other options (arguments about whether those options are effective aside).

I also wonder about how prominent online schooling will become in the future.  From time to time, I hear about students bouncing in and out of cyber schools or returning to traditional schools after trying it. But certainly there are students who stay, too.

Anyone have an experience to share? What’s the key to being successful in a cyber school environment?

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at amason@ydr.com or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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