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.…

My Final Year

By: Charis Smith My mom is a very passionate person. She has spent the past several years advocating on my behalf so that I can go to a school that works for me. Lately, she has been telling me about some virtual schools around the country that have been threatened with closure based on testing averages.…

Small group, big change

Last week, a bill that could have taken away a critical educational option for thousands of California children – AB 1084 – died before it even made it for a vote. This bill was a direct assault on parents’ rights to choose the best school for their children. About 20,000 students benefit each day from…