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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Boot Camp Success!

View email. Last month the National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO) hosted the 11th annual Parent Advocacy Boot Camp in Washington, DC. Nearly 100 passionate parent advocates from across the country gathered to learn about school choice advocacy and how best to help all children have access to the educational option that best fits…

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We changed our name!

View email. We decided it was time to drop the “.org” because we are more than just a website (and, it’s 2018). Last week our coalition, formerly known as PublicSchoolOptions.org, announced a new name to more accurately reflect its mission: National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO). You can still call us PSO for short. PSO is…

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PSO Congratulates School Choice Champion Congressman Paul Mitchell

View email. PSO Congratulates School Choice Champion Congressman Paul Mitchell School choice champion Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) was recently named co-chair of the Congressional School Choice Caucus. As a virtual school parent, the congressman has a particular interest in empowering parents with choices and has supported federal education policies that place parents at the forefront of their children’s education…

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The Snow Couldn’t Keep Parents Away

Last Friday, students, parents and teachers from across Utah gathered at the state capitol to celebrate virtual education and school choice.   Despite heavy snow, hundreds gathered to talk about what school choice means to them and how virtual education has benefited their families. Some traveled hundreds of miles to attend.   Students and parents…

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Kansas & New Mexico Families Celebrate School Choice

Last week, virtual school families in Kansas and New Mexico participated in capitol day events where they met with legislators and shared their personal school choice stories.   The Kansas chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org hosted its inaugural “Parent Choice in Education Day at the Capitol” where about 100 students, families and teachers came together to celebrate…

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Iowa Parent Day at the Capitol

Parents from across Iowa joined together on January 31 at the state capitol building to speak with legislators about the importance of public school options.   A few students, enrolled in virtual education programs, even tagged along to learn first-hand about the legislative process.   “We’ve been learning about the three branches of government in…

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Championing Choice in Florida

Last week PSO board president Tillie Elvrum spent four busy days in Tampa and Tallahassee participating in Florida’s Celebrate Youth event, which was part of National School Choice Week, and taking part in a parent legislative fly-in. Tillie, along with Florida parent advocates Melissa Ley and Lawrence Kerwin, barnstormed the state capitol to meet with…

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Kicking off National School Choice Week in California

Last week, PSO national board president Tillie Elvrum kicked off National School Choice Week with parents and students from some of California’s public virtual schools. National School Choice Week started in 2011 and is now the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. Over the past seven years, there have been more than 58,000…

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“Everyone Should Be Able To Choose”

Virginia Virtual Academy helps Kalima find her voice creatively. Regardless of zip code or economic background, everyone should be able to choose the education that fits their child best. It’s time to make virtual education an option for every Virginia student.

 

New Year – New Opportunities

By Tillie Elvrum, President, PublicSchoolOptions.org   The national parent board of directors at PublicSchoolOptions.org would like to wish you a Happy New Year!   With the start of the new year, legislatures across the country will convene to review current policies and propose new ones – many affecting our children’s education.   In 2018, PSO’s…

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Oklahoma Charter Schools Suing for Equitable Funding

In August, the nonprofit Oklahoma Public Charter School Association (OPCSA) filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma and its state board of education for not equitably funding many of the state’s public charter schools.   The OPCSA asserts the state has failed to enforce the constitution and statute, which guarantees public charter schools receive…

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