***PRESS RELEASE*** PublicSchoolOptions.org Families and Students Celebrate National School Choice Week in Seven States

National School Choice Week events across the country highlight benefits of school choice options WASHINGTON – PublicSchoolOptions.org families and students will join with school choice advocates across the country next week to celebrate National School Choice Week, an annual, week-long celebration of the diverse education options that benefit families and students. The events, which will…

***PRESS RELEASE*** Parents Call on Iberville Parish School Board and Teacher’s Union to Help Avoid Mid-Year Closure of 16,000 Students’ Schools

Appeals court decision could immediately cut off funding causing schools to close mid-school year BATON ROUGE, La. – Today PublicSchoolOptions.org (PSO) called on the Iberville Parish School Board to immediately withdraw its opposition to the motion for stay requested by the defendants, so that hundreds of its resident students and families, and over 16,000 public…

***PRESS RELEASE*** PublicSchoolOptions.org Statement on Louisiana Appeals Court Ruling in Charter School Lawsuit

BATON ROUGE, La.  – PublicSchoolOptions.org Louisiana parent leader and amici Christin White-Kaiser made the following statement on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to reverse the district court’s ruling in the case of Iberville Parish School Board, et al v. Louisiana State Elementary and Secondary Education Board, et al. The lower court, in…

*** PRESS RELEASE*** Governor Branstad Awarded ‘Golden Apple’ for Empowering Parents with Education Options

PublicSchoolOptions.org recognized the Governor for his commitment to educational choice   DES MOINES, Iowa – Today, the Iowa Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org awarded Gov. Terry Branstad with its Golden Apple, recognizing his efforts as a champion of school choice. The award was presented by Jen Wubben and Michelle Majeski, co-chairs of the PublicSchoolOptions.org Iowa Chapter. They are…

***PRESS RELEASE*** Governor Branstad Awarded ‘Golden Apple’ for Empowering Parents with Education Options

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org awarded Gov. Terry Branstad with its Golden Apple, recognizing his efforts as a champion of school choice. The award was presented by Jen Wubben and Michelle Majeski, co-chairs of the PublicSchoolOptions.org Iowa Chapter. They are also parents of students who attend virtual school. Gov. Branstad has supported…

*** PRESS RELEASE*** Five-Judge Panel Hears Lawsuit Threatening Louisiana Public Charter Schools for Third Time

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, a five-judge panel from the Louisiana Court of Appeal First Circuit heard for a third time oral arguments in the case of Iberville Parish School Board, et al v. Louisiana State Elementary and Secondary Education Board, et al. A three-judge panel heard oral arguments in February; however, the case was referred to…

NEW NATIONAL EDUCATION POLL: Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Closing Schools Based on High-Stakes, Standardized Testing

WASHINGTON – A new national survey of likely general election voters finds overwhelming opposition to closing local schools based primarily on the results of high-stakes, standardized test scores. Additionally, voters believe that all public schools, whether charter schools or traditional brick and mortar schools, should be held to the same accountability and closure standards. The nationwide survey was conducted by McLaughlin & Associates in November and analyzes voter attitudes about standardized testing and school closure.

“Republicans and Democrats are united in their agreement that public schools should not be closed based primarily on standardized test scores,” said Stuart Polk, vice-president at McLaughlin & Associates. “Voters don’t consider standardized tests the best method to measure school and student performance. They want school evaluation systems that focus more on individual student measurements instead of aggregated standardized test scores for the entire school.”

***PRESS RELEASE*** NEW NATIONAL EDUCATION POLL: Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Closing Schools Based on High-Stakes, Standardized Testing

WASHINGTON – A new national survey of likely general election voters finds overwhelming opposition to closing local schools based primarily on the results of high-stakes, standardized test scores. Additionally, voters believe that all public schools, whether charter schools or traditional brick and mortar schools, should be held to the same accountability and closure standards. The…

STATEMENT FROM PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG ON EDUCATION SECRETARY APPOINTMENT

WASHINGTON – PublicSchoolOptions.org president Tillie Elvrum made the following statement on the appointment of Betsy DeVos as United States Secretary of Education. STATEMENT FROM TILLIE ELVRUM, PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG PRESIDENT, PARENT LEADER AND SCHOOL CHOICE ADVOCATE: “We are very pleased with President-Elect Trump’s decision to appoint school choice champion Betsy DeVos as the next United States Secretary…