Parent Power!

Last week, WKZO Kalamazoo interviewed PublicSchoolOptions.org President Tillie Elvrum regarding the results of a new statewide Michigan poll, which indicated overwhelming support for parent involvement in school turnaround and closure efforts. Specifically: 82% of voters believe that school performance evaluations cannot be based only on M-STEP scores (Michigan’s statewide standardized test). 82% of voters feel…

Watchdog.org: On Capitol Hill, parents share virtual success stories

By Emily Leayman In light of growing skepticism of virtual schools’ value, parents from 27 states gathered in Washington, D.C., this week to make sure lawmakers know that the increasingly controversial educational choice has helped many of them overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Stay-at-home mom Aley Minton’s 13-year-old son has dyslexia; he started fifth grade at the first-grade level. Since…

Contributing Something Meaningful

By: Sandy Smith As I settle back into a normal routine after the State Policy Network (SPN) Annual Meeting, I reflect on time well spent in Grand Rapids. The Friedman Foundation’s pre-conference session on accountability and school choice was a wonderful way to bring school choice advocates together at the beginning of the week. During…

Talking Policy With the Wonks

By: Sandy Smith As I pack all the essentials — PublicSchoolOptions.org (PSO) business cards, #ITrustParents t-shirt, and networking game face — I am excited to share the most important piece of “luggage”: my family’s school choice story. It’s about time to hit the road and represent parents from across the country at the State Policy…