Free National School Choice Week Supplies

View email. Dear Friends- We have some exciting news! The National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO) has been an enthusiastic participant, for several years, in National School Choice Week (NSCW). National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on all types of great school options for kids. It is the world’s largest celebration of…

At National Charter School Conference, School Choice Champion Representative Luke Messer Tells Kids “Dream Big, Work a Plan & Never Quit!”

PSO board members Tillie Elvrum and Christin White-Kaiser attended the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, DC this week where 4,500 teachers, administrators, lawmakers, policy makers, advocates, and parents gathered to share ideas and learn about education reform and what’s going on in the world of charter schools. At a panel discussion about the…

Former NACSA Official and Self-Proclaimed Education Reformer Tweets Inappropriate and Offensive Analogy

Last week, a former official at the National Alliance of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and a self-proclaimed education reformer, tweeted an offensive and insensitive analogy, likening the country’s virtual schools – which serve thousands of students – to thalidomide. What is thalidomide? It was a drug used in the 1950’s that caused severe birth defects…

Parents – We’re More Than Just “Cheerleaders”

I recently returned from the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 2016 National Summit on Education Reform. This conference is always a favorite because the panel discussions and keynote speakers are inspiring. The conference is led by reformers and advocates who are working to make a world-class education available to every child. As parent advocates, and national board members at PublicSchoolOptions.org, we attend lots of conferences every year to learn about school choice and policies that affect our families.

Hard Work | Good Times

  Earlier this year, parent advocates from across the country took planes, trains, and automobiles out to our nation’s capital, Washington DC. Why? To learn how to more effectively advocate for public school options for their children. All of these parents have their own school choice story. They come from different backgrounds and all have…

What’s the buzz?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately in the education world about high-stakes testing. Students don’t like it because they have to sit quietly for 4 hours at a time. Teachers know it takes up valuable instructional time. Parents aren’t convinced that one number can accurately describe their child’s academic performance. A recent survey commissioned…

On the Frontlines

By: Colleen Cook Let’s face it, creating real and meaningful change is hard. It requires disciplined effort and significant time. I was blessed to spend part of the third week of November with inspiring creators of change at the South Carolina Charter Schools Conference. It brought together many smart, thoughtful leaders who are fighting to…