Massachusetts Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org

 

In Our State

The Massachusetts Chapter helped preserve the Massachusetts Virtual Academy (MAVA) when it was scheduled to close. Parents and students succeeded in reinforcing the importance of continuing to provide an alternative virtual public school option in the future when MAVA’s charter was renewed for another five years.

 

Getting the Word Out

More than 25 Massachusetts parents explained why they chose to enroll in an online public school and how it’s an effective, quality option for their children. These stories are compiled into a booklet called “Parents Across Massachusetts Speak Up for School Choice, given to policymakers to supplement their knowledge of online public school families in the commonwealth.

Additionally, Massachusetts Chapter member and Massachusetts Virtual Academy (MAVA) parent Lin Hulgren highlighted the benefits of online learning in a Worcester Telegram-Gazette opinion column stating, “more than half of the states in the U.S. now have statewide online public schools. And for parents in Massachusetts, MAVA gives them unprecedented freedom to access a school program that works best for their children, a freedom that used to be limited to families who could afford private schools.”

 

Coalition Events

The Massachusetts Chapter hosted its first Capitol Day in Boston on Wednesday, April 10. The group of 25 gathered for a morning session across from the Capitol, where they heard from a national school choice advocate on the importance of parent advocacy and listened to presentations on the politics and policy of online learning and tips for talking with their legislators and the media.

Senators Will Brownsberger and Stan Rosenberg, and Representative Paul Mark received the Coalition’s first annual Champion of School Choice Awards. After lunch, attendees visited the Capitol, participated in Statehouse tours, and met with their Senators and Representatives. Families visited their elected officials’ offices to thank them for bringing virtual schools to Massachusetts, for protecting public school options, and for supporting the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield.

 

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