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...
What’s Ahead For Schools in Virginia
By Delegate R. Steven Landes Harrisonburg (Va.) Daily News Record November 15, 2014 “This week the House Education Committee gathered in Richmond to receive a number of presentations on topics both in K-12 education, as well as higher education. While the General Assembly will not convene until Jan. 14, 2015, as chairman of the committee I […]
Published in Tipp News Daily, October 30, 2014 TIPP CITY, OHIO 10/30/14 – The Ohio eSchool Families & Friends Coalition, a non-profit school choice advocacy organization, awarded their annual Golden Apple Award to Senator Bill Beagle today. In a small ceremony held in Tipp City, a grateful public eSchool family presented Sen. Beagle with his award. “Senator […]
RALEIGH, N.C., October 17, 2014 – Two highly qualified, experienced providers have applied for the two virtual public charter school pilots approved by the North Carolina General Assembly. Parents swiftly called on the State Board to approve the two applicants. Gail Hall, Co-Chair of the North Carolina Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org, a parent-led advocacy organization that promotes […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]