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...
Can virtual schools perform as well as a traditional classroom?
March 10, 2014
For some kids, traditional school isn't necessarily the best option. They may have medical needs that make getting to school difficult, or perhaps they're athletes who travel frequently to train and compete. In these cases, a virtual education might serve them better. This week, parents and teachers of students who attend such schools spent a day at the state capitol. There they met to try and bring more attention to virtual education, an issue they say is often misunderstood.
Education, Nonprofit, Government & Tech Worlds Collide this Month in Virtual Agreement
February 27, 2014
Technology is not the answer. At least not "the entire answer," according to President Obama's February 4 speech on ConnectED, the federal program designed to connect 99 percent of America?s schools to the Internet. Announced just prior to Digital Learning Day, the comment could seem oddly placed. As PBSLearningMedia, the National Writing Project, and the Library of Congress join the digital learning frenzy, it seems that the education, nonprofit, government and technology worlds collide this month in virtual agreement.
School choice makes a difference for children
February 3, 2014
It's a new year in Lansing and lawmakers are busy proposing bills, debating hot topics and, most importantly to parents like us, talking about how to make sure every Michigan child gets the best possible education. Whether its discussion over the spending figures Gov. Rick Snyder cited in his State of the State speech, talk about giving schools letter grades or the debate surrounding Common Core education standards, public education remains the hot topic.
Is NYC Charter Battle a "National Bellwether"?
Thursday, March 6, 2014
New York City's high-profile battle between charter schools and first-term mayor Bill de Blasio could be a "national bellwether," says one news outlet. Widely perceived as anti-charter, Mayor de Blasio drew fire last week for withdrawing agreements to allow public charter schools to share facility space with the city's traditional public schools.
Take to the Capitols!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Parents across the country continue the season of legislative advocacy by holding Capitol Day celebrations in their states. In the last week alone, both the Arkansas and Tennessee chapters of PublicSchoolOptions.org gathered to visit legislators, acknowledge champions and strategize ways to broaden education opportunities for more families.