About

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
Cherie Nielsen, Virginia, Treasurer
Alisa Hug, Georgia, Director
Sandy Smith, Michigan, Director
Tillie Elvrum, Colorado, Director
Lauren Marshall, Oklahoma, Director
Amy Threewitt, Wyoming, Director

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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In the News...

Parents Call for Immediate Meeting with Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Huffman and Legislative Leaders to Protect the Rights of 626 Tennessee Virtual Academy Families
July 25, 2014

Meeting Request Follows Huffman’s Ultimatum to Union County Public Schools to Un-Enroll 626 First Year Students from its Public Online School  Nashville, Tenn., July 25, 2014 – Parent leaders from the PublicSchoolOptions.org-Tennessee Chapter today called for an immediate meeting on Monday with Governor Bill Haslam, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, and Education Committee chairs, Sen. Dolores Gresham […]

Tennessee Parents and Teachers Unite to Support Over 600 New Students Legally Enrolled in Tennessee Virtual Academy
July 24, 2014

Nashville, Tenn., July 24, 2014 – Hundreds of Tennessee parents and teachers have shared their personal testimonials in a new online petition to quickly sound the alarm over an ultimatum by Commissioner Kevin Huffmann to un-enroll over 600 students from the Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA), the state’s K-8 online public school, or potentially face closure. […]

Military Families Band Together Education Options
March 17, 2014

Getting Smart, Tillie Elvrum Published March 17, 2014 Of all the challenges military parents face, sending your children off for their first day at a new school is among the most heart-wrenching.  Memorizing a new locker combination, braving a sea of unfamiliar faces in the cafeteria, warming up to new teachers – the transition is […]

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Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families Hosts 4th Annual Park Day
July 21, 2014

The 4th Annual Colorado Cyberschools Park Day had its largest ever turnout for a day of fun with families and staff who are part of the coalition of online schools. Read more and see photos from the park day.

Coalition of Idaho Charter School Families Hosts Summer Event
July 18, 2014

The Coalition of Idaho Charter School Families and Idaho Virtual Academy joined together to co-host a Summer Social Event on June 30 at the Silverwood Amusement Park near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The northern part of Idaho has many Idaho Virtual Academy families and public charter school families from Kootenai Bridge, Coeur d’Alene Academy and Forest Bird […]

PublicSchoolOptions.org Urges NJ Education Commissioner Hespe to Approve a Statewide Virtual School
May 29, 2014

5.29.2014 PublicSchoolOptions.org President Beth Purcell has issued a letter to New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner David Hespe urging him to approve a statewide virtual school to serve New Jersey students.  In the letter, copied below, Beth cites the April 9 New Jersey Superior Court ruling that reaffirms the authority of the NJDE to expand school options […]