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A Descriptive Study of Cyber Charter Schools in Pennsylvania

Sherbondy, Kelly H. (2008) A Descriptive Study of Cyber Charter Schools in Pennsylvania. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this descriptive, qualitative study was to explore what the cyber directors believed the present state of cyber schools in Pennsylvania to be and what were their views of cyber schools for the future. Through this investigation, the researcher analyzed the impact of the developments that are currently taking place in the cyber schools and across the state of Pennsylvania. The researcher interviewed nine of the eleven cyber charter school C.E.O.'s in regard to their cyber school and what the future holds for all cyber charter schools across the state. Some of the major findings in the study appeared as three distinct themes. The C.E.O.'s use internal and external sources for professional development on a wide variety of topics, which differed from school to school. That there are statewide changes occurring that could affect cyber charter schools and the money that they receive per student. House Bill 446, if passed, would put a limit on the amount of money cyber charter schools receive for regular and special education students. Lastly, the C.E.O.'s foresee changes in traditional brick and mortar schools so that they can compete with cyber charter schools. Some of these changes could be an increase in the amount of technology used in brick and mortar schools or others such as the offering of online courses.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sherbondy, Kelly
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWerlinich, Joseph
Committee MemberGorman, Charles
Committee MemberGraf, Otto
Committee MemberBickel, William
Date: 27 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 9 April 2008
Approval Date: 27 June 2008
Submission Date: 21 April 2008
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyber school; education
Other ID:, etd-04212008-103846
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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