Storming the Capitol!

By: Colleen Cook After a full day of training, parents who attended our Parent Advocacy Boot Camp were able to put their skills to work. Collectively, parents attended over 100 meetings with legislators or their staff on Tuesday, July 12th. That’s over 100 people who were told the good news of school choice! That’s over…

Soakin’ it all in

By: Samoy Mainda When I was first invited to attend PublicSchoolOptions.org Parent Advocacy Boot Camp, I didn’t know quite what to expect. What is advocacy? What does PSO do? Is this a CrossFit style Boot Camp?! Instead, what I was met with was a wonderful group of concerned parents, just like me. We all know…

A Reason for Celebration

  By: Tillie Elvrum Summertime is filled with some of my favorite activities: road trips with my family, outdoor concerts, and home improvement projects. An even bigger reason to celebrate this time of year? It’s the 25th of anniversary of charter schools! June 4th marked 25 years of providing parents and families with options. Typically,…

Thankful hearts

By: Tillie Elvrum As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to an end, I can’t help but think how much more recognition these superheroes deserve. Seven days (TBH, five work days) is all they get?! That seems like simply not enough. Whether they teach homeroom, core subjects, or electives, our teachers work countless hours preparing for class,…

Lifeline

By: Blog Editor

PublicSchoolOptions.org released a new web video, “Lifeline,” which tells the heart-wrenching story of 10-year-old Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA) student Colton Sheets, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age three. For Colton, TNVA is the only school he’s ever known and his only option for a public education as he fights cancer.

One-of-a-Kind Opportunities

By: Grace Belize There are countless reasons why I love my virtual school. Wyoming Virtual Academy’s flexibility allows me to participate in extracurricular activities and log a large number of volunteer hours. I have a passion for helping others, especially children.  Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes– was my extracurricular activity of choice. These shoeboxes are filled…

Today was a good day

By: Amy Scott As I reflect on my first School Choice Day at the State House as Chair of the South Carolina Chapter, I am in awe of the enthusiasm. Hundreds of students, parents, and teachers rallied in Columbia yesterday to cheer for school choice, thank legislators, and hear some inspiring stories. Thank you to…

What a difference a year makes

By: Marian Hall The Tennessee Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org had a successful 2016 Capitol Day day in Nashville. We met with legislators who asked us lots of questions about why we need school choice, took photos with them, and we got to participate in a mock legislature on the House floor. It was a great day…

Champions for Children

By: Cherie Nielsen Virginia Delegate Dickie Bell has been a longtime champion for school choice in Richmond. This year he has sponsored HB 8, which would expand the availability of Virginia education by establishing a K-12 Virtual School. The Virginia Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org held its annual Capitol Day on Wednesday March 2, which provided a…