National School Choice Week 2019

by Tillie Elvrum Every January students, parents, educators, and community leaders across the country come together to celebrate National School Choice Week. NSCW recognizes the need for school choice options for every family including traditional public schools, public charter and magnet schools, private schools, online schools, and homeschooling. School Choice Week is always one of…

***PRESS RELEASE*** Parents to State Board of Education: Put Interests of Students First

Virtual Education Work Group is considering policy recommendations for virtual schools  WASHINGTON – The National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO) released the following statement ahead of today’s Indiana State Board of Education Meeting where the full board will vote on policy recommendations made by the Virtual Education Work Group. The Work Group has been meeting over the…

***PRESS RELEASE*** Parents Respond to State Board of Education Vote on Virtual School Recommendations

Virtual Education Work Group presented policy recommendations for virtual schools  WASHINGTON – The National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO) released the following statement following today’s Indiana State Board of Education Meeting where the full board voted on policy recommendations for the state’s public virtual schools. STATEMENT FROM TILLIE ELVRUM, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL COALITION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL OPTIONS: “Speaking…

***PRESS RELEASE*** Parent Education Coalition Files Petition Against Nevada State Public Charter School Authority

  Petition cites violations of public records laws     WASHINGTON – The National Coalition of Public School Options (PSO), a coalition of parents whose children attend public charter schools, filed a petition in the First Judicial District in Carson City against the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority (Authority) for multiple violations of the Nevada Public Records Act (NPRA).…

***PRESS RELEASE*** Parents to Ad Hoc Committee on Charter Schools: Put Interests of Students First

Committee will hear from South Carolina public charter schools WASHINGTON – The National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO) released the following statement ahead of today’s South Carolina Ad Hoc Committee on Charter Schools. The committee has been meeting to better understand the state’s charter school landscape, including the decision of 10 charter schools to seek…

PSO Makes a Splash in Pennsylvania

In case you missed it – PSO has been making a splash in Pennsylvania lately – on Facebook Live! PSO has partnered with cyber schools in Pennsylvania to discuss the ins and outs of parent advocacy during Facebook Live events hosted at campuses across the state. The first was held at Insight Cyber Charter School…

Celebrating School Choice with Friends

Last week PSO had the honor of attending the Center for Education Reform’s 25th anniversary celebration in Miami, Florida. It was a great event that featured some of the school choice movement’s most respected leaders: Governor Jeb Bush, Kevin Chavous and Former Secretary of Education Rod Paige. Other education leaders talked about education innovation, career…

Accountability: The Parent Perspective

The tide may be turning when it comes to accountability. That was one of the key messages delivered by PSO president Tillie Elvrum at an event last week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Tillie joined other panelists to discuss take-aways from a working group session on school accountability they attended earlier this…

What Indiana media didn’t report

Last week PSO president Tillie Elvrum spoke in front of the Indiana State Board of Education at a meeting about virtual charter schools. Tillie was joined by other charter school leaders from groups like the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools and National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Tillie presented recommendations for improving virtual schools…

Show us your back-to-school photos

Dear Parents & Students- It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close and students are heading back to school for another year of learning and growing (literally and figuratively!). Like us, you’ve probably been scrolling through Facebook and your timeline has been filled with cute back-to-school photos taken by proud parents. It’s…