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PA Cyber CEO testifies at PA House Education Committee Public Hearing Regarding Safely Reopening Schools

Aug 4, 2020

Brian Hayden, CEO of PA Cyber Charter School, has been invited to testify at the Pennsylvania House Education Committee's public hearing on August 4th at 10 am on the topic of safely reopening schools.

"First, let me start by saying thank you to Chairman Sonney, Minority Chairman Roebuck, and Members of the House Education Committee for today's hearing and the opportunity to testify about the impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on the upcoming school year" says Hayden. "From my perspective, Covid-19 did what millions of parents, students, policymakers, and taxpayers could not. The shutdown, caused by the pandemic, forced traditional education to finally embrace the digital tools they have resisted for the past 20 years."

As one of only five administrators invited to testify, Hayden offers a broad range of knowledge and experience on how to successfully implement successful cyber education. Serving over 11,000 students, this school year marks PA Cyber's 20th Anniversary and the school has grown to be one of the biggest and most experienced online public schools in the nation.

PA Cyber has proven that not only does the learning never stop, but the teaching never stops; the caring for one another never stops; and fundamentally, PA Cyber never stops even in the face of a global pandemic. "'The learning never stops' has been our motto for quite some time, but it became noticeably apparent to thousands of families, the media, and many of you over the past few months. While Covid-19 disrupted every one of our lives in many ways, it did not disrupt our students from having a safe, productive, and professional education environment," explains Hayden.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, quarantine-related consequences continue to have profound impacts on many Pennsylvania schools. "Most of us agree now more than ever, we need everyone in education to work together. All leaders in public education should be sharing insights and experience so that every student has access to school this fall, regardless if they are enrolled in a private school, public school, cyber school, or charter school" says Hayden.

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Media Contact

Casie Colalella / casie.colalella@pacyber.org

About PA Cyber

Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.