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State To Revoke Charter Of Philadelphia Cyber Charter School

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The state says it plans to revoke the charter of a cyber charter school that was operating as a bricks-and-mortar school in Philadelphia.

The state says the Solomon Charter School of Philadelphia was issued a cyber charter last May and opened last fall for 200 students.

Cyber charters are supposed to provide their curriculum online, but education department spokesman Tim Eller says inspectors found teachers and students in a school at 1209 Vine Street.

“Students had lockers, the school had a dress code for students. Students were provided tokens by the school to get to the facility on Vine Street. And that’s a clear difference of the way a cyber charter school should run,” Eller explains.

The school can remain open for now, should it request a state hearing. Solomon officials did not respond to our request for comment.

It’s the second time the state has moved to revoke a cyber charter. Philadelphia’s Frontier Virtual Charter High School surrendered its charter last year.

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