Pennsylvania's 11 cyber charter schools are the latest victims of the recession, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Facing the threat of layoffs or mortgage foreclosures, some parents are sending their children back to brick-and-mortar public schools because a stay-at-home spouse had to get a job. "It's another symptom of the economy," said Sarah McCluan, spokeswoman for Allegheny Intermediate Unit, which operates PA Learners Online Regional Cyber Charter School, based in Homestead. "Our younger grades are most affected, because what we are hearing from parents is that they have to go back to work part or full time because of the economy."

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