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…

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…

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, …

Hillary Clinton Critical of Charter Schools at South Carolina Town HallHillary Clinton Critical of Charter Schools at South Carolina Town Hall

Clinton’s new position on charter schools raises questions; ceding to teachers union WASHINGTON – During a South Carolina town hall meeting on Sunday, Hillary Clinton made critical remarks about charter schools, which serve millions of children across the country. Her remarks come after receiving the endorsement of the nation’s powerful teacher’s union. Clinton spoke at a…

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…

…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…

PublicSchoolOptions.org Elects Two New National Board Members from Oklahoma and Louisiana

Parent Leaders Guide Coalition’s Efforts to Ensure Equal Opportunity in Education WASHINGTON – Today, PublicSchoolOptions.org announced the addition of two national board members, bringing the number of board members to seven. The new board members, Colleen Cook of Oklahoma and Christin Kaiser of Louisiana, were elected unanimously last week by their peers and will serve a…

Express-Times: Trust parents, not a flawed study, to judge cyber schools | Letter

The Express-Times’ Nov. 1 editorial, “Pa. must demand accountability from cyber charter schools,” bases its entire opinion on one side of the issue. Like the unfair Stanford University Center for Research on Education Outcomes, you failed to talk to parents who send their children to virtual schools. Just days ago, President Obama addressed concerns about over-testing…