National School Choice Advocacy Organization Demands SBE to Follow the Law
Washington, D.C., January 7, 2015 – PublicSchoolOptions.org, a national parent advocacy organization with hundreds of members in North Carolina, is urging the North Carolina State Board of Education to follow the directive of the state legislature and approve the two virtual charter school pilot applications before them.
During the 2014 legislative session, the NC state legislature passed a budget provision that requires two full-time public K-12 virtual charter school pilots open by the fall of 2015. Only two applications were submitted for the two pilot slots mandated by the legislative language. The two applications were submitted by non-profit boards in partnership with the two leading national providers, Connections Academy and K12 Inc. Last month, an internal review team created by the State Board of Education reviewed the applications and interviewed the applicants. Both applications were unanimously approved to move forward to the full State Board of Education.
Now, parents are asking the full Board to approve the applications at their January monthly meeting so that North Carolina families can access this public education option that’s already available in dozens of states across the nation. Prompt approval is necessary for these pilots to prepare for the 2015-2016 school year, according to PublicSchoolOptions.org.
“The State Board should take this opportunity to help more North Carolina students to succeed. Giving parents options, and trusting them to make education choices for their children, allows more students to learn in the school that best meets their needs,” said Beth Purcell, president of PublicSchoolOptions.org.
“Across the country, hundreds of thousands of students are learning online each year. North Carolina parents are excited that they could at last have this option available to them next school year too,” she continued.
Since the legislature voted to give families greater choice in education, parent leaders and the membership of North Carolina’s chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org have been active in gathering support for these schools and parents’ ability to access this important school choice option.