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…

My Morning at the New York Stock Exchange

From the South Hill Enterprise (Va.), February 11, 2015: “Cherie Nielsen of Valentines helped ring the bell to open trading at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, Jan. 26, during National School Choice Week. The national treasurer and Virginia chairperson for publicschooloptions.org , an alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to access…

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…

Breakfast of (Legislative) Champions

by Beth Purcell, President of publicschooloptions.org As I boarded my flight from Greenville to Washington, D.C., I didn’t mind that it was 5:30am on a Monday morning. I studied the agenda for Senator Tim Scott’s #ChoosingExcellence education forum and could only imagine the incredible day ahead. In a cab from Reagan to the Hart Senate…