Today was a good day

By: Amy Scott As I reflect on my first School Choice Day at the State House as Chair of the South Carolina Chapter, I am in awe of the enthusiasm. Hundreds of students, parents, and teachers rallied in Columbia yesterday to cheer for school choice, thank legislators, and hear some inspiring stories. Thank you to…

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What a difference a year makes

By: Marian Hall The Tennessee Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org had a successful 2016 Capitol Day day in Nashville. We met with legislators who asked us lots of questions about why we need school choice, took photos with them, and we got to participate in a mock legislature on the House floor. It was a great day…

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Champions for Children

By: Cherie Nielsen Virginia Delegate Dickie Bell has been a longtime champion for school choice in Richmond. This year he has sponsored HB 8, which would expand the availability of Virginia education by establishing a K-12 Virtual School. The Virginia Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org held its annual Capitol Day on Wednesday March 2, which provided a…

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Remember us?

By Eddie Lindsey For the second week in a row, I walked the halls of the Alabama State House, sharing my family’s school choice story with legislators. It is important to ensure parents like me across the state of Alabama — and even across the country — are empowered to choose the best school option…

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Once Upon A Time

By: Linda Bates Wyoming Capitol Day was filled with many new experiences for my family. It was the first time that I shared my family’s school choice story publicly. It was also the first time my daughter, ShaiLyn, shared her school choice story publicly. With some encouragement from her amazing teacher Mrs. Khris Looney, ShaiLyn…

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It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away

By: Tillie Elvrum As a Colorado resident, I appreciated a beautiful, almost spring-like day in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the lack of snow and cold temperatures, a day spent celebrating school choice warms my heart. Last Wednesday, I traveled to Salem, Oregon, to join the Oregon Virtual Public School Alliance Capitol Day. We…

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Good morning, Alabama

By: Annie Rutschilling It was a good morning in Alabama. Eight families, including me, from across the state had traveled to Montgomery on a Wednesday morning to support parent power in education. The Alabama State Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 229, which expands access to public school options for families…

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The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

By: Blog Editor Several school choice advocates from various parts of the movement have come together to form The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning. With Amy Valentine as Executive Director, the Foundation’s Board of Directors include Linda Lopez, Robyn Bagley, Caroline Vander Ark, Dr. Rod Paige, Kenneth Campbell, Kevin P. Chavous, Allison Cleveland, and…

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Get-To-Know the PSO Board Series, Part 7

With Colleen Cook Why is school choice important to you? It wasn’t until I needed to make a choice different than the traditional choices that I really gave school choice much thought. It was when I found myself needing different opportunities for my child that I realized how important it is for parents and students to…

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Get-To-Know the PSO Board Series, Part 6

With Christin Kaiser Why is school choice important to you? I have three children who were NOT made equal and we live in a failing school district.  The current school choice option that I have chosen for my children has allowed me to take their learning needs into consideration and  place them in schools that…

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Get-To-Know the PSO Board Series, Part 5

With Peder Berg Why is school choice important to you? School choice is important to me because of the dramatic impact I know it can have on a child’s passion for, and success with, learning. Why did you become involved with PSO? I was advocating within various public school systems for my two children before…

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Feedback from Parents

By: Alisa Hug As I settle back into life in Atlanta, I look back on my week at the International Association of Online Learning (iNACOL) Symposium with much better feelings than I had after my trip to Palm Springs last year. I thought the breakouts were better, thoroughly enjoyed the general sessions, and loved their…

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School Choice at the Forefront

By: Blog Editor PSO School Choice Champion Senator Tim Scott sent the following letter to the ESEA Reauthorization conferees. Of particular note, he says “we hope that this bill will go as far as possible to promote parental choice. Reforms to our educational system should empower parents and students, not bureaucrats, to choose the educational…

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Parents: The Real Accountability Test

By: Alisa Hug We agree, President Obama. There is too much testing in schools these days. There is also too much focus placed on testing. Teachers are forced to teach to the test. Students are confined to learning material covered by the test. I, along with the 60,000+ parents who part of our advocacy non-profit, PublicSchoolOptions.org, …

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Let’s Try This Again

By: Alisa Hug As I returned home from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Symposium last year, I was disappointed to hear panelists and speakers question whether full-time virtual programs are effective in serving students. As a parent, I know best whether a certain educational environment — whether it’s a magnet school, virtual…

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…And we’re off

By: Sandy Smith Even though this is my first International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Symposium, it’s not the first time I’ve had the opportunity to rub shoulders with others who are passionate about education. The pre-conference “Policy Advocacy Skills Workshop” did not disappoint! A small group of us signed up to participate in…

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Not Your Average Case of the Mondays

By: Amy Threewitt Monday. Monday is Decision Day. Monday is Decision Day for the Guild Charter School. The Natrona County School Board is slated to decide if co-founders Wendolyn McGregor and Tiffany Leary will be able to open their doors next fall. They want to offer something new to families in Natrona Country “through strength-based…

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Classroom Experiences

By: Anna Marie Ridenour, teacher at Ohio Connections Academy In my everyday life as a virtual school teacher, I often talk about things like academic accountability, internal motivation vs. external motivation, and the benefits of school choice. I can cite research that supports my methods of teaching and I can speak from experience the most effective…

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