Pounding the Pavement

By: Tillie Elvrum One of the best parts of serving as President of a parent advocacy organization is that I get to do just that: advocate! It comes in many shapes and forms — just like the educational options we fight for! — during the fall our advocacy usually resembles a recruitment event or conference.…

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Get-To-Know the PSO Board Series, Part 3

With Sandy Smith Why is school choice important to you? School choice is important to me because children are individuals. Customizing education based on learning styles and what works best for the student and the family is always a positive.  Why did you become involved with PSO? I became involved in PSO because I was…

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Contributing Something Meaningful

By: Sandy Smith As I settle back into a normal routine after the State Policy Network (SPN) Annual Meeting, I reflect on time well spent in Grand Rapids. The Friedman Foundation’s pre-conference session on accountability and school choice was a wonderful way to bring school choice advocates together at the beginning of the week. During…

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School Choice Pioneers

By: Amy Threewitt I was pleased to come across this article in the Casper Star Tribune a couple of weeks ago. Wendolyn McGregor and Tiffany Leary are spearheading the effort to open a new charter school in the former Roosevelt School building in Casper, and when it comes to school choice, I say the more…

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Get-To-Know the PSO Board Series, Part 2

With Alisa Hug Why is school choice important to you? School choice is important to me because I believe that every child learns differently and that options should exist that meet each individual child’s learning style and needs. Parents should be able to choose the public school option that works best for their child. Why…

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Talking Policy With the Wonks

By: Sandy Smith As I pack all the essentials — PublicSchoolOptions.org (PSO) business cards, #ITrustParents t-shirt, and networking game face — I am excited to share the most important piece of “luggage”: my family’s school choice story. It’s about time to hit the road and represent parents from across the country at the State Policy…

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Front and Center

By: Amy Threewitt As I reflect on The 74 Million’s education summit, I am thankful for the unique opportunity to attend such an awesome event. It was nice seeing familiar faces, like Andrew Campanella with National School Choice Week, and other leaders in the school choice movement as well. All of the Republican candidates who…

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Standing Out In The Crowd

By: Miranda Threewitt My name is Miranda Threewitt and I am a rising senior in Wyoming Virtual Academy. This summer I had the wonderful opportunity of spending the month of June in our nation’s capital as a Senate Page. In this position I found myself completing various tasks that included anything from refilling water to…

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Behind the Curtain

by Amy Threewitt I’ve spent the past several summers running a theater camp for students in Cheyenne. It includes everything from lesson plans to logistics, and costumes to curtain calls. This isn’t unlike my full-time job as a parent: I worry about everything from nutrition to safety, and social development to education. As my theater…

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Hit the Ground Running

by Tillie Elvrum This summer at our School Choice Parent Advocacy Boot Camp I said we were going to hit the ground running this fall…And I meant it! As my son J.D. packs his bag for classes at our local community college, I will be packing for New Hampshire. Fellow Board member Amy Threewitt and…

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Onward and Upward

By: Cherie Nielsen As my tenure as a member of the PublicSchoolOptions.org Board of Directors comes to a close, I am reminded of where we started, proud of what we’ve accomplished, and looking forward to the exciting road ahead. My twin boys were in the third grade and my daughter was in kindergarten when I…

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School’s Out!!

By Beth Purcell As the final school bells have rung signaling the end of another school year, my time as PublicSchoolOptions.org’s national president is drawing to a close. For the last seven years, I have been deeply involved in PSO, witnessing great victories within the school choice movement peppered with a few disappointing defeats. I…

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School Choice Fans

By Amy Scott During the planning stages of South Carolina PSO’s Capitol Day, I was wracking my brain trying to think of a creative way to have parents and students engage with legislators. Ah-ha! Fans. That’s it! After all, it’ll be a warm spring day in Columbia — and a fan will serve multiple purposes. After all, we’re…

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No One

by Steven Isaacs As I think about my own educational journey through the brick-and-mortar public school system, I am so glad that my son Skylar has more opportunities than I did. Growing up, I would have been a more focused and motivated student if I had been able to work at my own pace. Thankfully,…

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When School “Accountability” Meets Real Lives

by Vanese Griffin, special education master teacher Guest contributor With debates on testing and standards dominating the news, you’re probably unaware the Tennessee Department of Education told over 180 special education students it is shutting down their school. It is a school that serves a higher percentage of special education and economically disadvantaged students than…

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Your Help Made The Difference

by Cherie Nielsen Thank you to all the virtual public school families of the Commonwealth who wrote letters, sent e-mails, and made phone calls in support of HB 324. Governor McAuliffe signed it into law! The Governor’s support is vital, as we focus on the bill being passed again next year. If that happens, Virginia Virtual…

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