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An open letter from PA Cyber's CEO on state budget impact

Oct 29, 2015

Dear PA Cyber parents,

By now, you have likely heard that state lawmakers and the governor are at an impasse with the 2015-2016 state budget. This means that every organization and entity that relies on state funding has not received a payment since June 30. Public schools like ours are obviously feeling the pain.

While we can proudly say that we have managed our funds wisely over the years, and tucked away a responsible sum in our savings account, the well will run dry if it not replenished. Regrettably, the protracted budget stalemate is dampening our hopes that state funding is on the horizon.

I wanted you to know that, for the foreseeable future, you can rest assured that PA Cyber will seek to preserve its operational status quo. The high quality education your children receive will not be adversely impacted.

If the budget impasse festers much longer, however, PA Cyber's administrative team will be forced to make difficult decisions that could indeed impact our students. I do not wish or intend to instill panic in anyone, but want to merely lay out the reality of the situation in which we now find ourselves. The circumstances are certainly tenuous, but they are not yet dire.

Please know our administrative team is keeping a close eye on this matter. We also are exploring every avenue that provides an opportunity for us to continue our operations without interruption.

In the event there is a change in the situation, I will be in touch. Meanwhile, should you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Warm regards,
Dr. Michael J. Conti
PA Cyber CEO

Media Contact

Casie Colalella / casie.colalella@pacyber.org

About PA Cyber

Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.