For Immediate Release
March 4, 2021
West Virginia Legislature Passes Authorization for Virtual School Charters
The National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO) applauds the West Virginia Legislature for passing legislation authorizing the creation of full-time virtual charter schools in the state, improving families’ access to the best educational option for their children.
Under this new authorization, two statewide virtual charter schools will be allowed to open, enrolling up to 10,000 students each.
“This legislation is a step in the right direction for improving educational outcomes for West Virginia families,” said Kristen Tyagi, Executive Director of PSO. “At the same time, I am disappointed to see that the Legislature caved to the pressure of special interests by limiting the scope and reach of these programs. This is not what’s best for families.
“Arbitrary enrollment caps mean many families will be unable to access the school of their choice, putting the future of many children into the hands of a lottery. I hope the West Virginia Legislature considers policies in the future to expand access to these schools and other educational choice programs.” continued Tyagi.
The National Coalition for Public School Options (PSO) is a national alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to access the best public school options for their children. The coalition supports the creation of public school options, including charter schools, online schools, magnet schools, open enrollment policies, and other innovative education programs. Additionally, we advocate for free and equal access without restrictions to these public schools for all children.