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...
My Morning at the New York Stock Exchange
From the South Hill Enterprise (Va.), February 11, 2015: “Cherie Nielsen of Valentines helped ring the bell to open trading at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, Jan. 26, during National School Choice Week. The national treasurer and Virginia chairperson for publicschooloptions.org , an alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to access […]
State Legislators Promise to Do “All They Can to Keep TNVA Open” Nashville, Tenn., February 10, 2015 – Under threat of closure, more than four hundred parents, students and educators descended on the state Capitol to express their support for protecting the right of parents to choose the school that works best for their children, […]
TNVA Singled Out for Closure Compared to 100 Tennessee Public Schools with Similar Scores Nashville, Tenn., February 9, 2015 — Hundreds of parents, students, teachers and school choice supporters are set to rally on Tuesday, February 10 at the Capitol Building in Nashville in support of Tennessee Virtual Academy – a full time online public […]
Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 6
Nancy’s story My son did TNVA for his 7th and 8th grade years, then TOPS for 9th grade. He is now a 10th grader with a 3.8 GPA and a 28 ACT score. Online school has been a great fit for him. Lynn’s story My family is a huge supporter of TNVA. We have been […]
1, 2, 3, repeat after me: #ITrustParents
by Beth Purcell Whoa! How great is this? Not only are Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Patty Murray working together on ESEA reauthorization, but Senator Tim Scott has penned the CHOICE Act AND there is a bipartisan bill to expand access to charter schools. A huge thank you from all of us at PublicSchoolOptions.org for […]
Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 5
A TNVA family story My daughter was in traditional schools for some of kindergarten. She had limited speech and didn’t know how to write or spell. Her school didn’t try to challenge her; the most she was learning was colors each week. She feared her school and we later found out that her teacher was physically […]