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…

Remember us?

By Eddie Lindsey For the second week in a row, I walked the halls of the Alabama State House, sharing my family’s school choice story with legislators. It is important to ensure parents like me across the state of Alabama — and even across the country — are empowered to choose the best school option…

Once Upon A Time

By: Linda Bates Wyoming Capitol Day was filled with many new experiences for my family. It was the first time that I shared my family’s school choice story publicly. It was also the first time my daughter, ShaiLyn, shared her school choice story publicly. With some encouragement from her amazing teacher Mrs. Khris Looney, ShaiLyn…

Good morning, Alabama

By: Annie Rutschilling It was a good morning in Alabama. Eight families, including me, from across the state had traveled to Montgomery on a Wednesday morning to support parent power in education. The Alabama State Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 229, which expands access to public school options for families…