Behind the Curtain

by Amy Threewitt I’ve spent the past several summers running a theater camp for students in Cheyenne. It includes everything from lesson plans to logistics, and costumes to curtain calls. This isn’t unlike my full-time job as a parent: I worry about everything from nutrition to safety, and social development to education. As my theater…

Hit the Ground Running

by Tillie Elvrum This summer at our School Choice Parent Advocacy Boot Camp I said we were going to hit the ground running this fall…And I meant it! As my son J.D. packs his bag for classes at our local community college, I will be packing for New Hampshire. Fellow Board member Amy Threewitt and…

Onward and Upward

By: Cherie Nielsen As my tenure as a member of the PublicSchoolOptions.org Board of Directors comes to a close, I am reminded of where we started, proud of what we’ve accomplished, and looking forward to the exciting road ahead. My twin boys were in the third grade and my daughter was in kindergarten when I…

School’s Out!!

By Beth Purcell As the final school bells have rung signaling the end of another school year, my time as PublicSchoolOptions.org’s national president is drawing to a close. For the last seven years, I have been deeply involved in PSO, witnessing great victories within the school choice movement peppered with a few disappointing defeats. I…

School Choice Fans

By Amy Scott During the planning stages of South Carolina PSO’s Capitol Day, I was wracking my brain trying to think of a creative way to have parents and students engage with legislators. Ah-ha! Fans. That’s it! After all, it’ll be a warm spring day in Columbia — and a fan will serve multiple purposes. After all, we’re…

No One

by Steven Isaacs As I think about my own educational journey through the brick-and-mortar public school system, I am so glad that my son Skylar has more opportunities than I did. Growing up, I would have been a more focused and motivated student if I had been able to work at my own pace. Thankfully,…

When School “Accountability” Meets Real Lives

by Vanese Griffin, special education master teacher Guest contributor With debates on testing and standards dominating the news, you’re probably unaware the Tennessee Department of Education told over 180 special education students it is shutting down their school. It is a school that serves a higher percentage of special education and economically disadvantaged students than…

Your Help Made The Difference

by Cherie Nielsen Thank you to all the virtual public school families of the Commonwealth who wrote letters, sent e-mails, and made phone calls in support of HB 324. Governor McAuliffe signed it into law! The Governor’s support is vital, as we focus on the bill being passed again next year. If that happens, Virginia Virtual…

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…