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…

Not on our watch!

Not on our watch! That was the rallying cry of the day at annual New Mexico Capitol Day earlier this week, when more than 100 parents, students, and educators gathered to rally in support of school choice. Led by National Coalition for Public School Options board member Kyla Anderson, the group rallied against SB 429,…

Oklahoma Capitol Day

Parents, students, teachers, and school choice advocates from across Oklahoma joined together for the annual Capitol Day on Tuesday, February 5th. The group rallied together on the Grand Staircase steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol, sending a strong and unified message that ALL school options are equally valid and important for families.   Dr. Rebecca…

National School Choice Week 2019

by Tillie Elvrum Every January students, parents, educators, and community leaders across the country come together to celebrate National School Choice Week. NSCW recognizes the need for school choice options for every family including traditional public schools, public charter and magnet schools, private schools, online schools, and homeschooling. School Choice Week is always one of…

PSO Makes a Splash in Pennsylvania

In case you missed it – PSO has been making a splash in Pennsylvania lately – on Facebook Live! PSO has partnered with cyber schools in Pennsylvania to discuss the ins and outs of parent advocacy during Facebook Live events hosted at campuses across the state. The first was held at Insight Cyber Charter School…

Celebrating School Choice with Friends

Last week PSO had the honor of attending the Center for Education Reform’s 25th anniversary celebration in Miami, Florida. It was a great event that featured some of the school choice movement’s most respected leaders: Governor Jeb Bush, Kevin Chavous and Former Secretary of Education Rod Paige. Other education leaders talked about education innovation, career…

Accountability: The Parent Perspective

The tide may be turning when it comes to accountability. That was one of the key messages delivered by PSO president Tillie Elvrum at an event last week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Tillie joined other panelists to discuss take-aways from a working group session on school accountability they attended earlier this…