It's not so much the quality of instruction (can't help but think it is inconsistent at best) — it's about how online schools de-fund school districts & give little in return. If costs to the provider are only $2,000, for example, why should the online school pocket all $6,000 – $12,000 of what the state spends to educate students? Why should the enormous differential ($6,000 – $2,000, or $12,000 – $2,000) be the profit margin of the online "school"?
The pros and cons of going to school online for K-12 students | Learning Matters: Reporting you trus
John Tulenko investigates the PA Cyber Charter School in the broader context of an increased push towards online learning for K-12 students in the United States.