Grateful for #SchoolChoice

by Tillie Elvrum, President, PublicSchoolOptions.org   As 2017 comes to a close, I am grateful for many things – but near the top of my list is school choice.      Last week I attended Jeb Bush’s 2017 National Summit on Education Reform where over 1,000 education policymakers, advocates and lawmakers learned from those who have…

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Free National School Choice Week Supplies

View email. Dear Friends- We have some exciting news! The National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO) has been an enthusiastic participant, for several years, in National School Choice Week (NSCW). National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on all types of great school options for kids. It is the world’s largest celebration of…

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At National Charter School Conference, School Choice Champion Representative Luke Messer Tells Kids “Dream Big, Work a Plan & Never Quit!”

PSO board members Tillie Elvrum and Christin White-Kaiser attended the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, DC this week where 4,500 teachers, administrators, lawmakers, policy makers, advocates, and parents gathered to share ideas and learn about education reform and what’s going on in the world of charter schools. At a panel discussion about the…

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Former NACSA Official and Self-Proclaimed Education Reformer Tweets Inappropriate and Offensive Analogy

Last week, a former official at the National Alliance of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and a self-proclaimed education reformer, tweeted an offensive and insensitive analogy, likening the country’s virtual schools – which serve thousands of students – to thalidomide. What is thalidomide? It was a drug used in the 1950’s that caused severe birth defects…

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Parents – We’re More Than Just “Cheerleaders”

I recently returned from the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 2016 National Summit on Education Reform. This conference is always a favorite because the panel discussions and keynote speakers are inspiring. The conference is led by reformers and advocates who are working to make a world-class education available to every child. As parent advocates, and national board members at PublicSchoolOptions.org, we attend lots of conferences every year to learn about school choice and policies that affect our families.

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Hard Work | Good Times

  Earlier this year, parent advocates from across the country took planes, trains, and automobiles out to our nation’s capital, Washington DC. Why? To learn how to more effectively advocate for public school options for their children. All of these parents have their own school choice story. They come from different backgrounds and all have…

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What’s the buzz?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately in the education world about high-stakes testing. Students don’t like it because they have to sit quietly for 4 hours at a time. Teachers know it takes up valuable instructional time. Parents aren’t convinced that one number can accurately describe their child’s academic performance. A recent survey commissioned…

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On the Frontlines

By: Colleen Cook Let’s face it, creating real and meaningful change is hard. It requires disciplined effort and significant time. I was blessed to spend part of the third week of November with inspiring creators of change at the South Carolina Charter Schools Conference. It brought together many smart, thoughtful leaders who are fighting to…

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Grand Return

By: Tillie Elvrum My family has always been a family “on the move” due to my husband’s Air Force and corporate careers. We have never lived in any state longer than 5 years, so we’ve called many places home, and as President of PublicSchoolOptions.org I’ve had the privilege to return to many of the places…

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On a Mission

By: Diana C. Santos Like many parents, I am so proud of my son. Our little guy is on a mission that we are proud to be a part of. Brenden, who was featured in a late-October blog post, has taken his campaign to end bullying one step further. He has recently created a business…

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A Tale of Two Amys

By: Amy Threewitt I love hanging out with friends, especially ones that share my name! Amy Nelson and I had the privilege of attending a networking dinner sponsored by the Wyoming Business Alliance and hosted by Governor Matt Mead. It was very refreshing to meet so many community leaders invested in education and receptive to…

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Our goal remains unchanged

In a 62 – 38 “no” vote, Massachusetts’ Question 2 – the one to lift the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state – failed. Residents in Massachusetts remain faced with an arbitrary maximum of 120 charter schools statewide. What’s more is that the performance of students enrolled in the state’s…

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Parent Power!

Last week, WKZO Kalamazoo interviewed PublicSchoolOptions.org President Tillie Elvrum regarding the results of a new statewide Michigan poll, which indicated overwhelming support for parent involvement in school turnaround and closure efforts. Specifically: 82% of voters believe that school performance evaluations cannot be based only on M-STEP scores (Michigan’s statewide standardized test). 82% of voters feel…

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Be my friend, not a Bully

By: Brenden Santos They always say the best things come in small packages. Even though I’m only 11, I want to make a difference in this world. That’s why I started “Against the Bullying.” It’s a website designed to stop bullying one wristband at a time. There are too many kids my age taking their lives because…

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Partnerships with Parents

By: Tillie Elvrum Earlier this month, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel at the 2016 State Policy Network alongside seasoned policy, teacher, and legal stakeholders. Our discussion focused on the 2016 Education Next Poll, but really dug into ways to bridge the divide between advocacy organizations and policy groups. I mentioned how…

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