Nearly 2,000 students left the Allentown School District in favor of charter and cyber schools last year, bringing millions of the district's tuition dollars with them. The district hopes to stop that exodus and win those students back by expanding its meager online course offerings into a full-blown cyber division with full- and part-time online classes for its students.
Cellphones are usually banned in school, but now they are replacing classrooms. The seats will remain empty in Colusa High School English teacher Rebecca Changus's classroom as she facilitates summer school to about 70 students through a digital learning platform.