Pennsylvania Charter Cyber School
The Pennsylvania Charter Cyber School is in financial trouble after years of growth, but a move to layoff dozens of employees is meeting stiff headwinds.
Former Pa. Cyber School head Nick Trombetta is pleading not guilty to charges of theft and fraud, but an unsealed affidavit lays out the case that he syphoned off $8 million in taxpayer dollars to fund his own lavish lifestyle.
What began as an on line school with a few hundred students has grown into an empire, developing curriculum and spawning cyber schools throughout the nation. But now the founder of the Pennsylvania Charter Cyber School, Dr. Nick Trombetta, finds himself the target of a federal grand jury questioning whether he got rich using taxpayer money.
These are tough times in public education. Struggling from cutbacks and tight budgets, school districts are laying off teachers and cutting programs. At the same time, some cyber charter schools are thriving, which are funded by your local tax dollars.