Florida Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org
In Our State
The Florida Chapter supported legislation that increases access and provides equitable funding for public charter schools. Parents also asked lawmakers to oppose cuts to virtual education funding so that Florida families may continue to have a choice of high quality providers and promote advanced class loads for students
Getting The Word Out
Hearing the cries for greater school choice options and equal public school funding, more than 13 media outlets arrived at our School Choice Day. Several outlets, including WJHGTV (NBC), NPR State Impact and News 4 Jax reported on the successful event.
Wednesday, April 3 marked the fourth annual Florida School Choice Day at the Capitol. Partnering with the Florida Alliance for Choices in Education, StepUp for Students, the Foundation for Florida’s Future, Coalition of McKay Scholarship Schools, and StudentsFirst, this was the Florida Chapter’s largest Capitol Day to date.
More than 1,000 parents and students visited with their legislators, toured the old Capitol and delivered apple notes detailing why they love their choice in education. Special attendees and speakers included Governor Rick Scott, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, Senators Aaron Bean, John Legg, Anitere Flores, and Darren Soto, and Representative Janet Adkins.
Commissioner Tony Bennett summarized our message when he said, “We need to make sure we meet the needs of every child. Part of that discussion must be the opportunity of parents to choose the educational options that meets the needs of that child, so that their education is customized.”
In the News...
Oklahoma SB 782 Still a Flawed Bill
Endangers Choice for Some Charter School Families OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., April 17, 2015 — The Oklahoma Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org, the largest parent-led school choice group in the state of Oklahoma, released a statement today on SB 782, highlighting some of the specific reasons why the bill hurts supporters of schools of choice. Colleen Cook, Oklahoma […]
Legislation Empowers Parents to Make Informed Education Decisions for Their Children WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 — As the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions mark-up the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, PublicSchoolOptions.org, a national parent-led non-profit advocacy organization that supports education policies promoting access to high quality options in education, praises Chairman Lamar […]
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 15, 2015 – Tennessee parents who send their students to the Tennessee Virtual Academy are undeterred by a court decision today that denied a preliminary injunction to immediately halt the Education Commissioner’s order to have TNVA closed. The families disagree with the decision and are thoroughly reviewing the order. “The court did not […]
It is safe to say that all teachers strive to do “what is best for students.” As educators, we completely agree. With that being said, for some students in our state, the traditional brick and mortar school is not what is best. Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA), an online public school, has been a great fit […]
When School “Accountability” Meets Real Lives
by Vanese Griffin, special education master teacher Guest contributor With debates on testing and standards dominating the news, you’re probably unaware the Tennessee Department of Education told over 180 special education students it is shutting down their school. It is a school that serves a higher percentage of special education and economically disadvantaged students than […]
Your Help Made The Difference
by Cherie Nielsen Thank you to all the virtual public school families of the Commonwealth who wrote letters, sent e-mails, and made phone calls in support of HB 324. Governor McAuliffe signed it into law! The Governor’s support is vital, as we focus on the bill being passed again next year. If that happens, Virginia Virtual […]