Parent Power!

Last week, WKZO Kalamazoo interviewed PublicSchoolOptions.org President Tillie Elvrum regarding the results of a new statewide Michigan poll, which indicated overwhelming support for parent involvement in school turnaround and closure efforts. Specifically: 82% of voters believe that school performance evaluations cannot be based only on M-STEP scores (Michigan’s statewide standardized test). 82% of voters feel…

Be my friend, not a Bully

By: Brenden Santos They always say the best things come in small packages. Even though I’m only 11, I want to make a difference in this world. That’s why I started “Against the Bullying.” It’s a website designed to stop bullying one wristband at a time. There are too many kids my age taking their lives because…

Partnerships with Parents

By: Tillie Elvrum Earlier this month, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel at the 2016 State Policy Network alongside seasoned policy, teacher, and legal stakeholders. Our discussion focused on the 2016 Education Next Poll, but really dug into ways to bridge the divide between advocacy organizations and policy groups. I mentioned how…

The 44,000

44,000. That’s the number of students waiting to enroll in New York City charter schools right now. At PublicSchoolOptions.org, we know that students shouldn’t have to wait for a great education that meets their needs. We cannot afford to push off today’s education problems on future generations. The 25,000 parents that attended the “Path to…

Fresh Start

By: Colleen Cook While change is not always fun, it’s always happening. Whether it’s a change of address, change of job, or change of school, it’s sure to keep you on your toes. This fall, all three of my children start a new season of life. My daughter Cat starts 7th grade and a new…

A seat at the table

The parent voice within the school reform movement is paramount to see real change and student success. This idea of parent empowerment was reaffirmed in late July through model legislation proposed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), “a voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and…

The Wonderful Williams (Part 3)

Today is the final blog installment from the Williams family in Wyoming! We hope you enjoy learning from Trinity, Charity, and Selah. Trinity (Age 10) Online learning works well for me because it can bend and cooperate to my needs. I have type 1 diabetes, so being at home for school makes sure my mom…

The Wonderful Williams (Part 2)

By: Elijah Williams This is my fourth year in Wyoming Virtual Academy’s curriculum for online learning, and I couldn’t be happier with my experience! I really enjoy having my mom as my learning coach, and the online classes challenge me everyday. In addition to this, students are given some flexibility to make their own schedules.…