[caption id="attachment_120121" align="alignleft" width="150"] No cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania made AYP in 2012.[/caption]

All eight applications for new cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania for the 2013-14 school year have been rejected, a decision that comes as state legislators debate charter school funding and as existing cyber charter schools have taken a hit for missing state academic goals.

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis announced the decision Jan. 28, citing deficiencies in each application and calling into question what cyber charter schools really are.

"An additional factor in the denials is that many of...

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