The 44,000

44,000. That’s the number of students waiting to enroll in New York City charter schools right now. At PublicSchoolOptions.org, we know that students shouldn’t have to wait for a great education that meets their needs. We cannot afford to push off today’s education problems on future generations. The 25,000 parents that attended the “Path to…

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Fresh Start

By: Colleen Cook While change is not always fun, it’s always happening. Whether it’s a change of address, change of job, or change of school, it’s sure to keep you on your toes. This fall, all three of my children start a new season of life. My daughter Cat starts 7th grade and a new…

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A seat at the table

The parent voice within the school reform movement is paramount to see real change and student success. This idea of parent empowerment was reaffirmed in late July through model legislation proposed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), “a voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and…

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Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes

By: Beth Purcell As another school year kicks off, my family is experiencing a whole new kind of change. With much gratitude to elected officials who trust parents with school choice and the immeasurable benefits of virtual school, both of my amazing children have started college this fall! My son Tyler, who balanced classes at…

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Another fall, another school year

By: Tillie Elvrum In case I needed another reminder about how fast time flies, each fall hits me like a ton of bricks. Not only is the change of season evident, but another school year kicks off. This fall, my son J.D. started his second year of college. COLLEGE! While I wipe away tears full…

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The Wonderful Williams (Part 3)

Today is the final blog installment from the Williams family in Wyoming! We hope you enjoy learning from Trinity, Charity, and Selah. Trinity (Age 10) Online learning works well for me because it can bend and cooperate to my needs. I have type 1 diabetes, so being at home for school makes sure my mom…

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The Wonderful Williams (Part 2)

By: Elijah Williams This is my fourth year in Wyoming Virtual Academy’s curriculum for online learning, and I couldn’t be happier with my experience! I really enjoy having my mom as my learning coach, and the online classes challenge me everyday. In addition to this, students are given some flexibility to make their own schedules.…

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The Wonderful Williams (Part 1)

By: Bethany Williams What makes a successful online student? Many people say that being an online student is easier than being a student in a traditional public school. But in reality, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. You have to be willing to put in the time and effort to hold…

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My Final Year

By: Charis Smith My mom is a very passionate person. She has spent the past several years advocating on my behalf so that I can go to a school that works for me. Lately, she has been telling me about some virtual schools around the country that have been threatened with closure based on testing averages.…

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Small group, big change

Last week, a bill that could have taken away a critical educational option for thousands of California children – AB 1084 – died before it even made it for a vote. This bill was a direct assault on parents’ rights to choose the best school for their children. About 20,000 students benefit each day from…

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Don’t cap our schools!

Imagine that your community put a limit on the number of sports teams and activity clubs available to your children. There would be only one theater troupe, one gymnastics team, two basketball clubs, and two soccer squads. If you missed out on one of these select few spots, your child would no longer have the…

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This is your child’s future, too.

By: Christin Kaiser A little over one year ago, my daughter Mary-Grace came to me saying that she “needed more” out of her educational experience. Knowing that she already spent time in private and public schools of all varieties, I listened to my daughter, who, by the way, is only in 7th grade, when she…

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California Students at Risk

If it all goes one California state legislator’s way, 20,000 virtual school students could lose their education starting in the 2017-2018 academic year. Assembly Bill 1084 would allow California lawmakers to close down several virtual schools in the state. This bill would leave families with few options, some being forced to return to schools that…

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Storming the Capitol!

By: Colleen Cook After a full day of training, parents who attended our Parent Advocacy Boot Camp were able to put their skills to work. Collectively, parents attended over 100 meetings with legislators or their staff on Tuesday, July 12th. That’s over 100 people who were told the good news of school choice! That’s over…

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Soakin’ it all in

By: Samoy Mainda When I was first invited to attend PublicSchoolOptions.org Parent Advocacy Boot Camp, I didn’t know quite what to expect. What is advocacy? What does PSO do? Is this a CrossFit style Boot Camp?! Instead, what I was met with was a wonderful group of concerned parents, just like me. We all know…

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A Reason for Celebration

  By: Tillie Elvrum Summertime is filled with some of my favorite activities: road trips with my family, outdoor concerts, and home improvement projects. An even bigger reason to celebrate this time of year? It’s the 25th of anniversary of charter schools! June 4th marked 25 years of providing parents and families with options. Typically,…

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Thankful hearts

By: Tillie Elvrum As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to an end, I can’t help but think how much more recognition these superheroes deserve. Seven days (TBH, five work days) is all they get?! That seems like simply not enough. Whether they teach homeroom, core subjects, or electives, our teachers work countless hours preparing for class,…

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Lifeline

By: Blog Editor

PublicSchoolOptions.org released a new web video, “Lifeline,” which tells the heart-wrenching story of 10-year-old Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA) student Colton Sheets, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age three. For Colton, TNVA is the only school he’s ever known and his only option for a public education as he fights cancer.

One-of-a-Kind Opportunities

By: Grace Belize There are countless reasons why I love my virtual school. Wyoming Virtual Academy’s flexibility allows me to participate in extracurricular activities and log a large number of volunteer hours. I have a passion for helping others, especially children.  Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes– was my extracurricular activity of choice. These shoeboxes are filled…

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