Pittsburgh Public Schools mulls online education

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June 13, 2012 12:13 am

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By Eleanor Chute / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools may start its own online school serving grades 6-12 as a way to win back students who have chosen cyber charter schools.

“We’ve got to start being competitive,” Jerri Lynn Lippert, district chief academic officer, told the school board at an education committee meeting Tuesday night.

While she said the district is ahead in some areas, she said, “This one we’re trailing behind, and we need to start catching up very quickly.”

The reason is cyber charter schools are costing the district big bucks. The district must pay $ 13,000 for each resident who is a regular charter school student and $ 28,000 for each resident who is a special-education student at a charter school.

In the 2011-12 school year, charter school students are estimated t………..

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