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.
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.
In the News...
National School Choice Week is the Country’s Largest Celebration for School Choice and Educational Freedom Nashville, Tenn., January 29, 2015 – Using the backdrop of this week’s National School Choice Week celebration, parent leaders of the Tennessee Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org, a group promoting more educational choices for families across the state, called on Tennessee state officials […]
KTVB: Hundreds march to support school choice in Idaho
by Justin Corr, KTVB January 27, 2015 BOISE — A river of people wearing yellow scarves flowed from the Basque Block to the Statehouse steps Tuesday afternoon, as students, parents, and teachers marched in support of school choice. It was one of thousands of planned demonstrations nationwide for National School Choice Week. Once they arrived, […]
Testing to be Key Issue at Wednesday Senate Hearing Washington, D.C., January 20, 2015 — On the eve of an important Congressional hearing on the issue of mandatory student testing, PublicSchoolOptions.org, a national parent-led non-profit advocacy organization that supports education policies promoting access to high quality options in education, applauded Chairman Lamar Alexander’s draft bill […]
Just your typical Monday
By Cherie Nielsen How did your Monday start? I was lucky enough to not only travel to the Big Apple for the first time, but also take part in the prestigious opening bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange. PSO President Beth Purcell and I braved Juno the (not-so-much) blizzard to walk on the […]
By Beth Purcell Friday morning I celebrated an issue near and dear to my heart: school choice! Both of my children have benefited from the educational options available to us in South Carolina. And for a couple hours of today, in the packed Florida Theater in Jacksonville, I heard many stories that reminded me of […]
Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 2
Susie, a TNVA parent I have two kids in TNVA. My daughter Emily had a learning delay before entering TNVA. The teachers have been great with her, and she has made so many gains with the help of TNVA. She’s now in second grade and has a wonderful teacher and has learned a lot. I would tell other […]