Classroom Experiences

By: Anna Marie Ridenour, teacher at Ohio Connections Academy In my everyday life as a virtual school teacher, I often talk about things like academic accountability, internal motivation vs. external motivation, and the benefits of school choice. I can cite research that supports my methods of teaching and I can speak from experience the most effective…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…