What A Difference Two Days Make

by Susie Earl My daughter Marissa took herself out of our local, public, brick-and-mortar school two days ago. She told me she wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher but didn’t think she would receive the adequate education to do so. She didn’t feel challenged. She didn’t feel prepared. She felt all of these things…and she…

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1, 2, 3, repeat after me: #ITrustParents

by Beth Purcell Whoa! How great is this? Not only are Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Patty Murray working together on ESEA reauthorization, but Senator Tim Scott has penned the CHOICE Act AND there is a bipartisan bill to expand access to charter schools. A huge thank you from all of us at PublicSchoolOptions.org for…

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Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 5

A TNVA family story My daughter was in traditional schools for some of kindergarten. She had limited speech and didn’t know how to write or spell. Her school didn’t try to challenge her; the most she was learning was colors each week. She feared her school and we later found out that her teacher was physically…

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Nervous Nellies in North Carolina

by Bethany Waylett It might have been just an average Thursday for everyone else, but families like mine in North Carolina were on the edge of our seats at the state School Board of Education meeting. School choice advocates have been working for four years to bring public school options to our state — and…

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We Came, We Saw, We Conquered

by Colleen Cook You know that amazing feeling when a project you worked tirelessly on has come to an end? Yeah, that’s where I am today. After a hard day’s (and weeks’ leading up to it) work, it’s a rewarding feeling to know that the set goal was met — and exceeded. That goal was…

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Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 4

Candra’s story My 6 year old grandson has been with K-12 since kindergarten and is now in first grade. It has been a very rewarding and enriching experience so far. I am his learning coach. We chose to keep him out of public school mostly because of the bullying. Secondly, he is shy and small for…

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Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 3

Renita’s story Tennessee Virtual Academy has allowed our family to be directly involved in the education of our child in a way that would not be possible in a traditional brick and mortar school.  It has allowed us to be flexible with scheduling, so we have been able to maximize the educational experience our son receives.…

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Let Me Tell You A Story; My Story

By Shannon Presley On a chilly January morning, I joined about fifty fellow Virginians in Richmond to advocate on behalf on school choice. We met like-minded folks, joined forces, and marched to Thomas Jefferson’s “House on the Hill.” Parents, students, teachers, and the Virginia Virtual Academy Head of School gathered to learn about talking to…

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Just your typical Monday

By Cherie Nielsen How did your Monday start? I was lucky enough to not only travel to the Big Apple for the first time, but also take part in the prestigious opening bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange. PSO President Beth Purcell and I braved Juno the (not-so-much) blizzard to walk on the…

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NSCW Kickoff

By Beth Purcell Friday morning I celebrated an issue near and dear to my heart: school choice! Both of my children have benefited from the educational options available to us in South Carolina. And for a couple hours of today, in the packed Florida Theater in Jacksonville, I heard many stories that reminded me of…

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Family Stories from Tennessee

Austin, a TNVA student Many of our students with learning differences find the virtual setting to be their best and least restrictive environment. Austin lives in a small rural town in middle Tennessee. He entered TNVA his 6th grade year. The main reason for leaving his brick and mortar school was that he had been…

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