Breaking the oil addiction, infrastructure, healthy people, clean environment, educated people are keys to competitiveness in the modern economy. Targeting well educational dollars is vital.
A powerful study done by Standford University measuring the performance in reading and writing of students enrolled in cyber charter schools, bricks and mortar charter institutions, and traditional public schools found that 100% of the PA cyber charter schools are "performing significantly worse than their traditional public schools in both reading and math." See page 20 of Charter School Performance in Pennsylvania at http://credo.stanford.edu/reports/PA%20state%20Report_20110404_FINAL.pdf
So why are we spending scarce taxpayer dollars on cyber charter schools?
The report's findings on the performance of bricks and mortar charter schools was mixed. Certainly charter schools that are documented to do a better job are wise investments, but charter schools that are documented to do a worse job harm children's education, waste scarce resources and are not a solution to our educational challenges.