PublicSchoolOptions.org is an 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.
What We Believe
We believe students learn in unique ways, and it is not possible for every student’s learning needs to be met by the nearest traditional neighborhood public school;
We believe parents should have innovative public school options to meet the learning needs of their children;
We believe public school options are increasingly provided from coast-to-coast through charter schools, online schools, magnet schools, open enrollment policies, and other innovative education programs.
We resolve all families should have access to the public school options that best serve their children’s learning needs.
Who We Are
Our organization was founded by parents who are dedicated to supporting and defending public school options in their states and around the country.
PublicSchoolOptions.org Board of Directors
Beth Purcell, South Carolina, President
What We Do
Public charter schools and distance education through public online schools are two vital elements of public school choice. Currently there are over 2 million students enrolled in over 5,600 charter schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia. As of February 2012, there were 250,000 full-time online students in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
PublicSchoolOptions.org advocates on national and state levels for public education options that best serve each student’s unique learning needs. The Coalition works to keep these options accessible to students across the United States who are currently enrolled in innovative public schools, and to ensure that these options are made accessible to students and their families in every state.
The Coalition informs policymakers and the public about the benefits of public education options and innovative public schools. Through sponsoring school visits, live learning demonstrations, family days at capitols, newsletters, policy briefings, news coverage, and more, the Coalition works to raise awareness about the benefits of public education options.
The Coalition challenges legislative threats to public education options, fights for adequate and equitable funding, and dispels myths and misrepresentations about innovative public schools. With demand for public school options increasing every year, it is imperative that barriers to innovative schools are removed and students have open and equal access to all public school options.
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PublicSchoolOptions.org Federal Legislative Priorities
PublicSchoolOptions.org is an alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to freely and equally access the best public school options for their children. 60,000 grassroots, PublicSchoolOptions.org-affiliated advocates in nearly 30 states across the country work on national and state levels, utilizing live e-learning demonstrations, family days at state capitols, newsletters, social media, policy briefings, news coverage, and more to raise awareness about the benefits of public education options.
PublicSchoolOptions.org Supports the Congressional E-Learning Caucus
Representatives Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Jared Polis (D-CO) recently launched a Congressional E-Learning Caucus. The mission of the caucus is to raise awareness of online learning in K-12 and higher education and to explore how technology can help improve student outcomes both inside and outside of the classroom.
PublicSchoolOptions.org State Legislative Priorities
PublicSchoolOptions.org supports the creation of public school options, including charter schools, online schools, magnet schools, tuition scholarship programs,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. We are also support equitable funding for all school options.
PublicSchoolOptions.org Newsletter Archive
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Newsletter Archive: 2013
Newsletter Archive: 2012
In the News...
WLTX-TV, Columbia, S.C. April 23, 2015
Committee Passes Bill to Increase Access to Public Virtual Schools AUSTIN, Texas, April 22, 2015 – Texas parents and PublicSchoolOptions.org applauded the Senate Education Committee today for passage of SB 894 – a bill that, if passed into law, will end arbitrary barriers to access to public school options for all Texas families. Currently, outdated policies […]
Statement on Senate Vote Regarding TNVA
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 21, 2015 – PublicSchoolOptions.org released the following statement from Board President Beth Purcell: “PublicSchoolOptions.org and Tennessee parents would like to thank Senator Frank Niceley and the members of the state Senate who rightly believe that TNVA is a school worth fighting for. Our families are devastated by those in the Senate, like Senator Gresham, […]
School Choice Fans
By Amy Scott During the planning stages of South Carolina PSO’s Capitol Day, I was wracking my brain trying to think of a creative way to have parents and students engage with legislators. Ah-ha! Fans. That’s it! After all, it’ll be a warm spring day in Columbia — and a fan will serve multiple purposes. After all, we’re […]
by Steven Isaacs As I think about my own educational journey through the brick-and-mortar public school system, I am so glad that my son Skylar has more opportunities than I did. Growing up, I would have been a more focused and motivated student if I had been able to work at my own pace. Thankfully, […]
It is safe to say that all teachers strive to do “what is best for students.” As educators, we completely agree. With that being said, for some students in our state, the traditional brick and mortar school is not what is best. Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA), an online public school, has been a great fit […]