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...
District Court Rules Against Unions, Allows Funding to Continue for Charter Schools BATON ROUGE, La., May 19, 2015 – The message from Judge Fields this morning was clear: Charter schools are public schools. His ruling in Louisiana District Court said that the current funding mechanism for Type 2 charter schools could continue. These schools currently serve over 18,000 students […]
Bill Passed out of Committee, Awaiting Action on Senate Floor AUSTIN, Texas, May 7, 2015 – PublicSchoolOptions.org joined Texas parents calling on the Texas State Senate to debate and pass SB 894 without delay. The bill passed out of the Senate Education Committee last week with strong support, and will end arbitrary and outdated barriers to accessing public school […]
WLTX-TV, Columbia, S.C. April 23, 2015
School Choice Fans
By Amy Scott During the planning stages of South Carolina PSO’s Capitol Day, I was wracking my brain trying to think of a creative way to have parents and students engage with legislators. Ah-ha! Fans. That’s it! After all, it’ll be a warm spring day in Columbia — and a fan will serve multiple purposes. After all, we’re […]
by Steven Isaacs As I think about my own educational journey through the brick-and-mortar public school system, I am so glad that my son Skylar has more opportunities than I did. Growing up, I would have been a more focused and motivated student if I had been able to work at my own pace. Thankfully, […]
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 […]