Teacher Appreciation Week

by Tillie Elvrum It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and naturally I am thinking about the teachers that made a difference in my life and the teachers who continue the good work in the lives of the children I love. Former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry once said, “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and…

Regression, Not Reform: Why SB 1455, an attempted rewrite of virtual education, sets the cause backwards for kids and families

Compromise is the grease that makes our democracy work, but every time SB 1455 reveals a new “compromise” it gets worse for families. Texas has long been in need of reform that increases educational options for families, but the most recent attempt – SB 1455 – is regression, not reform. Unfortunately, the bill recently passed…

Wyoming Capitol Day

For several years straight parents, students, and teachers have gathered at the historic Cheyenne Train Depot to celebrate and support the variety of public school options offered in Wyoming. Last week the tradition was continued as more than 50 people gathered together to hear from the parents who use these public school options and some…

SB 429 Hurts School Choice

by Kyla Anderson, New Mexico Some say politics make strange bedfellows but none could be stranger than the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) throwing their lot in with the very same politicians pushing a bill to cap public charter schools. It happened in my home state of New Mexico, when the supposedly pro-school…

South Carolina Capitol Day

More than 200 parents, students, and teachers rallied in Columbia, South Carolina yesterday to support school choice. Lawmakers nationwide need to trust parents and students to choose the education option that is best for them, Public School Options Board Member Colleen Cook said yesterday at the Annual South Carolina Capitol Day. Cook was joined by…

Kansas Capitol Day

Advocacy can be tiring work! Just ask the 75 students, parents, and teachers from around Kansas who rallied in support of school choice and parent empowerment for the annual Kansas Capitol Day on Monday.   “Education is a key component of effective advocacy,” PSO Board Member Colleen Cook said. “Every lawmaker we speak with is…

Capitol Day Updates

View newsletter.   Dear Advocates, As parents, you know that there’s no substitute for hard work. You can’t wish away the laundry and dinner, just as you can’t wish away the presentation in front of your boss tomorrow morning. Your sons and daughters can’t wish away the dirty dishes in your sink any more than…

Alabama Capitol Day

Three years ago just over 100 students and parents gathered together for the first ever Alabama Public School Options Capitol Day. Last week more than 1,000 students, parents, and teachers gathered for the Third Annual Capitol Day. After rallying together at the Marriott in Prattville, AL, students and parents boarded buses throughout the morning and…

Texas Capitol Day

Last week more than 300 Texas students, families, and teachers rallied on the South Steps of the iconic Texas Capitol Building in support of virtual school and other education options. The rally was led by supporters of increased school options in Texas, including State Senator Paul Bettencourt and PSO Texas Chapter President Shea Mackin. “Now…