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…

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…

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…

Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 3

Renita’s story Tennessee Virtual Academy has allowed our family to be directly involved in the education of our child in a way that would not be possible in a traditional brick and mortar school.  It has allowed us to be flexible with scheduling, so we have been able to maximize the educational experience our son receives.…

Let Me Tell You A Story; My Story

By Shannon Presley On a chilly January morning, I joined about fifty fellow Virginians in Richmond to advocate on behalf on school choice. We met like-minded folks, joined forces, and marched to Thomas Jefferson’s “House on the Hill.” Parents, students, teachers, and the Virginia Virtual Academy Head of School gathered to learn about talking to…