At this week's agenda review, plans were discussed for PPS to start its own cyber school to compete with existing cyber schools. Tom Sumpter expressed concern about whether a cyber school can be put together in 2 months. He also noted, and administrators agreed, that the Pittsburgh Promise would be the carrot that would lure students away from other cyber schools.
But... JLippert also noted that the students were a very transient population. Don't students need to be enrolled in a PPS for all 4 years of high school to qualify for even a partial Promise scholarship? If so, the Promise will not be a carrot for students who are already in high school at another cyber school, or who are for whatever reason "transient" in a way that includes attending schools outside of PPS. It will be interesting to see how many students who choose the PPS cyber stay with the cyber or another PPS. Will the cost of enrolling and ironing out technical issues, disenrolling, and possibly reenrolling all these transient students really be worth the savings?