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Once again, parent voice missing from national charter school conference

Each year, PSO parent advocates attend multiple national charter school and education conferences. Unfortunately, each year, the parent voice seems to be missing at these meetings. While parent advocates attend, rarely are parents or their perspective included in programming. They should. After all, who knows the educational needs of their children better than their parents? […]

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At National Charter School Conference, School Choice Champion Representative Luke Messer Tells Kids “Dream Big, Work a Plan & Never Quit!”

PSO board members Tillie Elvrum and Christin White-Kaiser attended the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, DC this week where 4,500 teachers, administrators, lawmakers, policy makers, advocates, and parents gathered to share ideas and learn about education reform and what’s going on in the world of charter schools. At a panel discussion about the […]

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***PRESS RELEASE*** Louisiana Parents File Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Lawsuit Threatening Public Charter Schools

Decision to Keep Open Public Charter Schools Serving 13,000 Louisiana Children Rests with Louisiana Supreme Court BATON ROUGE, La. –Yesterday, PublicSchoolOptions.org and Louisiana parents Jennette Franklin and Christin White-Kaiser filed a motion for an amicus brief in the case of Iberville Parish School Board, et al v. Louisiana State Elementary and Secondary Education Board, et […]

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Texas Public Virtual School Students Hold Capitol Day Rally in Austin with Legislative Champions

Virtual school students and families from across Texas will meet with legislators and celebrate the public virtual school option. AUSTIN, Texas – Tomorrow, March 8, the Texas chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org (PSO) will host a Capitol Day Rally to celebrate school choice with families and students who benefit from Texas’ public virtual schools. The rally, which […]

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Looking backward. Looking forward.

By: Tillie Elvrum I love holiday and New Year celebrations so much because it’s a great time to reflect. In the Elvrum household, we reflect on our Hispanic and Norwegian upbringings by preparing traditional cuisine. We celebrate our family by listening to stories from my 92 year old Auntie. We host a New Year’s Day […]

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***PRESS RELEASE*** Governor Branstad Awarded ‘Golden Apple’ for Empowering Parents with Education Options

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org awarded Gov. Terry Branstad with its Golden Apple, recognizing his efforts as a champion of school choice. The award was presented by Jen Wubben and Michelle Majeski, co-chairs of the PublicSchoolOptions.org Iowa Chapter. They are also parents of students who attend virtual school. Gov. Branstad has supported […]

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Parents – We’re More Than Just “Cheerleaders”

By: Tillie Elvrum I recently returned from the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 2016 National Summit on Education Reform. This conference is always a favorite because the panel discussions and keynote speakers are inspiring. The conference is led by reformers and advocates who are working to make a world-class education available to every child. As […]

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Hard Work | Good Times

Earlier this year, parent advocates from across the country took planes, trains, and automobiles out to our nation’s capital, Washington DC. Why? To learn how to more effectively advocate for public school options for their children. All of these parents have their own school choice story. They come from different backgrounds and all have a […]

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What’s the buzz?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately in the education world about high-stakes testing. Students don’t like it because they have to sit quietly for 4 hours at a time. Teachers know it takes up valuable instructional time. Parents aren’t convinced that one number can accurately describe their child’s academic performance. A recent survey commissioned […]

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