PSO Spring Successes

View Newsletter Dear Advocates: Summer is just one day away which means two important things for Public School Options: School is out and the kids are home in all the glory and agony that entails. State legislative sessions across the country have mostly wrapped up for the year. The first half of the year is…

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Protecting School Choice for Those Who Need it Most

by Kyla Anderson, PSO National Board Member Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before: Young new teacher comes to school filled with “bad” kids Teacher learns that the bad kids come from under-privileged homes Teacher and kids rally together and everyone laughs, is happy, and goes to college to start a new and successful…

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Teacher Appreciation Week

by Colleen Cook As Teacher Appreciation Week winds down, I wanted to be certain that I took time to acknowledge the teachers I’ve had in my life who have had an impact on me not just in my childhood, but as I navigate adult life. Temple Grandin once said, “I cannot emphasize enough the importance…

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Teacher Appreciation Week – Ms. Alattar

by Abigail Barr, 9th Grade, ALVA Anyone who’s taken 9th Grade Biology knows it isn’t easy. Throughout the year, my peers and I delved deep into labs and worksheets that required extensive thinking and the ability to apply what we had learned. Without any guidance, the course would have been impossible to ace. Luckily for…

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Teacher Appreciation Week – Mrs. Zuercher

Lucie Albin, Sixth Grade, Iowa Virtual Academy Of all the teachers who have been there for me, there is one who has been there for me more than the rest. This teacher is Mrs. Zuercher. She has been my teacher since 2nd grade, and helped me through every year. Sometimes I have trouble staying organized…

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Teacher Appreciation Week

by Tillie Elvrum It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and naturally I am thinking about the teachers that made a difference in my life and the teachers who continue the good work in the lives of the children I love. Former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry once said, “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and…

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Regression, Not Reform: Why SB 1455, an attempted rewrite of virtual education, sets the cause backwards for kids and families

Compromise is the grease that makes our democracy work, but every time SB 1455 reveals a new “compromise” it gets worse for families. Texas has long been in need of reform that increases educational options for families, but the most recent attempt – SB 1455 – is regression, not reform. Unfortunately, the bill recently passed…

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Wyoming Capitol Day

For several years straight parents, students, and teachers have gathered at the historic Cheyenne Train Depot to celebrate and support the variety of public school options offered in Wyoming. Last week the tradition was continued as more than 50 people gathered together to hear from the parents who use these public school options and some…

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SB 429 Hurts School Choice

by Kyla Anderson, New Mexico Some say politics make strange bedfellows but none could be stranger than the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) throwing their lot in with the very same politicians pushing a bill to cap public charter schools. It happened in my home state of New Mexico, when the supposedly pro-school…

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South Carolina Capitol Day

More than 200 parents, students, and teachers rallied in Columbia, South Carolina yesterday to support school choice. Lawmakers nationwide need to trust parents and students to choose the education option that is best for them, Public School Options Board Member Colleen Cook said yesterday at the Annual South Carolina Capitol Day. Cook was joined by…

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Kansas Capitol Day

Advocacy can be tiring work! Just ask the 75 students, parents, and teachers from around Kansas who rallied in support of school choice and parent empowerment for the annual Kansas Capitol Day on Monday.   “Education is a key component of effective advocacy,” PSO Board Member Colleen Cook said. “Every lawmaker we speak with is…

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Capitol Day Updates

View newsletter.   Dear Advocates, As parents, you know that there’s no substitute for hard work. You can’t wish away the laundry and dinner, just as you can’t wish away the presentation in front of your boss tomorrow morning. Your sons and daughters can’t wish away the dirty dishes in your sink any more than…

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Alabama Capitol Day

Three years ago just over 100 students and parents gathered together for the first ever Alabama Public School Options Capitol Day. Last week more than 1,000 students, parents, and teachers gathered for the Third Annual Capitol Day. After rallying together at the Marriott in Prattville, AL, students and parents boarded buses throughout the morning and…

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Texas Capitol Day

Last week more than 300 Texas students, families, and teachers rallied on the South Steps of the iconic Texas Capitol Building in support of virtual school and other education options. The rally was led by supporters of increased school options in Texas, including State Senator Paul Bettencourt and PSO Texas Chapter President Shea Mackin. “Now…

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Not on our watch!

Not on our watch! That was the rallying cry of the day at annual New Mexico Capitol Day earlier this week, when more than 100 parents, students, and educators gathered to rally in support of school choice. Led by National Coalition for Public School Options board member Kyla Anderson, the group rallied against SB 429,…

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Oklahoma Capitol Day

Parents, students, teachers, and school choice advocates from across Oklahoma joined together for the annual Capitol Day on Tuesday, February 5th. The group rallied together on the Grand Staircase steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol, sending a strong and unified message that ALL school options are equally valid and important for families.   Dr. Rebecca…

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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…

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