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MEA President Urges Caution On Cyber School Legislation

December 13, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - As Michigan lawmakers look to wrap up unfinished business before the end of the year, legislation to lift the cap on cyber schools is one of the items that could be decided. The controversial measure on such schools, also called virtual schools, where instruction is entirely online, narrowly passed the state Senate and has made it through the House Education Committee.

However, Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, says there is simply no reliable research to support full-time cyber schools, which he says would take critical resources away from public schools and students.

"A computer is not an effective substitute for the teacher or education support professional, who may be the student's only role model."

Proponents of the measure say cyber schools could save the state millions of dollars, while exposing kids to cutting-edge technology. The bill is expected to come to a vote before the full House this week.

Cook would like to ask the state's lawmakers, many of whom are also small business owners, if they really think full-time cyber schools will create an educated workforce.

"Would you hire a job candidate who failed to receive a well-rounded education and doesn't know how to deal with customers or clients?"

The state Board of Education has passed a resolution opposing the cyber school legislation. The Board supports more cyber schools only if they are subject to a two-year performance review and the state holds the schools to the same standards as public schools.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI