*** 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…

Washington State Supreme Court Again Sides with Union; Ignores Pleas from Students and Families

Washington State Supreme Court Refuses to Reconsider Stunning Decision Claiming Charter Schools Unconstitutional; 1,200 Students Without Choice WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Washington State Supreme Court announced it will not reconsider its stunning decision issued in September, which ruled that the state’s voter-approved charter school law is unconstitutional. Yesterday’s decision not to reconsider guarantees that the…

***PRESS RELEASE*** New Poll: Indiana Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Closing Schools Based on High-Stakes, Standardized Testing

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana voters overwhelmingly oppose closing local schools based solely on the results of high-stakes, standardized test scores, according to a new statewide survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates and released today by the Indiana Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org. Voters also view the state’s standardized test, I STEP, overwhelmingly unfavorably.   “Although Republicans and Democrats are…

***PRESS RELEASE*** STATEMENT FROM PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG ON MASSACHUSETTS CHARTER SCHOOL QUESTION 2

WASHINGTON – PublicSchoolOptions.org president Tillie Elvrum made the following statement on the defeat of Question 2, the Massachusetts Authorization of Additional Charter Schools and Charter School Expansion Initiative.    Question 2 would allow for the approval of up to 12 new charter schools or increase enrollment in the state’s current charter schools. By lifting the cap on…

***PRESS RELEASE*** STATEMENT FROM PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG ON FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

WASHINGTON – PublicSchoolOptions.org president Tillie Elvrum made the following statement about the final presidential debate, urging the candidates to discuss the critical importance of education in cultivating a prepared workforce for our 21st century economy. STATEMENT FROM TILLIE ELVRUM, PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG PRESIDENT, PARENT LEADER AND SCHOOL CHOICE ADVOCATE: “As a parent I am stunned that education…

Nationwide survey confirms PSO’s mission

A few short months ago, Phi Delta Kappa, a professional association for educators, released their annual survey that measures the American attitudes toward various issues facing public schools. For PublicSchoolOptions.org, this meant a confirmation of many of our long-held beliefs about education, and the role of parents in educational decision-making. The 50-state sample of 1,221…