Tennessee Parents Call for Equal Treatment During National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week is the Country’s Largest Celebration for School Choice and Educational Freedom   Nashville, Tenn., January 29, 2015 – Using the backdrop of this week’s National School Choice Week celebration, parent leaders of the Tennessee Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org, a group promoting more educational choices for families across the state, called on Tennessee state officials…

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…

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…

PublicSchoolOptions.org Applauds Lamar Alexander’s Draft Bill and Plan to Fix No Child Left Behind

Testing to be Key Issue at Wednesday Senate Hearing Washington, D.C., January 20, 2015 — On the eve of an important Congressional hearing on the issue of mandatory student testing, PublicSchoolOptions.org, a national parent-led non-profit advocacy organization that supports education policies promoting access to high quality options in education, applauded Chairman Lamar Alexander’s draft bill…

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…

Louisiana Parents Ask to Join State in Lawsuit to Save Their Schools

Louisiana Association of Educators’ Suit Puts Thousands of Children at Risk   Baton Rouge, La., January 14, 2015 – Today, PublicSchoolOptions.org and Louisiana parents Jenette Franklin and Christin Kaiser filed a petition in Louisiana District Court to be included as defendants in a lawsuit brought by the state teachers union, the Louisiana Association of Educators, against the State.  The union…

Parent Advocates Urge NC State Board of Education to Approve Two Virtual Charter School Pilots

National School Choice Advocacy Organization Demands SBE to Follow the Law Washington, D.C., January 7, 2015 – PublicSchoolOptions.org, a national parent advocacy organization with hundreds of members in North Carolina, is urging the North Carolina State Board of Education to follow the directive of the state legislature and approve the two virtual charter school pilot…