VIDEO: Message from a Cyber Parent
May 29, 2015
It is worth your time to watch this rational, well-argued, passionate video monologue on proposed budget cuts to cyber charters in Pa.
The speaker is Ed Shimp, father of Alan Shimp, a PA Cyber student who will graduate this spring AT THE AGE OF 13 and who will be a student speaker for his class at commencement. Alan won a $5,000 national first prize from CSPAN two years ago. He and his dad were named among the nation’s top 10 video innovators that year by youtube.
About the time they were earning video honors, Ed was diagnosed with brain cancer and told he had a week or two to live. He has survived, and will proudly see his son not only graduate, but deliver what is essentially the valedictory address at commencement.
Ed asks, with 1.8 million Pennsylvania schoolchildren and only 40,000 of those in cyber charter schools, “How can you balance the education budget by destroying the school of last resort for those 40,000?”