Virtual Learning in Cyber Schools - 313-0225-18
Description of Agency
A cyber school is a school of excellence, authorized under Section 380.552 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, that provides full-time instruction to pupils through virtual learning or otherwise on a computer or other technology, which instruction and learning may be remote from a school facility. Michigan’s first cyber schools began operation during the 2010-11 school year. During the 2016-17 school year, 13 cyber schools enrolled more than 15,000 students from across the State. For the 2016-17 school year, cyber schools received $77.8 million of per pupil foundation allowance through the State School Aid Fund.
- To assess the sufficiency of the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE’s) process to ensure that contracts establishing cyber schools meet statutory requirements.
- To assess the sufficiency of MDE’s monitoring of cyber school authorizers.
- To assess the effectiveness of MDE’s efforts to monitor and evaluate the virtual learning provided by cyber schools.
- To compile information on the State’s funding of cyber schools and their reported costs.
Estimated Release Date: Mid 2021
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