We are extremely disappointed that the Missouri legislature failed to address the glaring problems with the MOCAP law this session.
Full-time online learning isn’t right for every child, but for thousands of Missouri students, a public virtual school is the only option available to them if their traditional brick and mortar fails to meet their needs.
Despite the option being available under state law, school districts pulled every stop in the book to block parents from enrolling in the virtual public school of their choice. Dozens of families were forced to pursue legal action against their districts in order to overcome wrongful denials. Without a fix, superintendents will feel emboldened to continue bullying and misleading parents who want nothing more than the best education for their child.
We want to thank Senator Bob Onder for not only sponsoring legislation to fix MOCAP, but for being a steadfast champion for Missouri families. We also want to thank the thousands of parents who called and wrote their legislators on this issue, and the families who traveled to Jefferson City to meet personally with their legislators to share why virtual learning is better suited for their families’ needs.
This fight is not over. PSO is resolute in our commitment to Missouri parents, and we look forward to the day all families have the ability to enroll their child in the school that works best for their needs.