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...
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 25, 2015 – As PublicSchoolOptions.org (PSO) continues to aid Tennessee families in their fight to prevent bureaucrats in the state Department of Education from closing the Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA), we are highlighting families who have chosen public virtual schools as the best fit for their children. For more information or to […]
Teachers Union Fought to Keep Parents out of Suit then Failed to Show up for Trial BATON ROUGE, La., March 23, 2015 – Last month, Louisiana parents were outraged when the Louisiana Association of Educators and the Iberville School District argued that parents should not be heard as a party to the lawsuit that will determine […]
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 18, 2015 – A recent poll by the Tarrance Group found an overwhelming majority of Tennessee registered voters oppose the closing of a public school based solely on results from the state’s standardized test. The same poll found voters were even more strongly against state legislators who supported such closings. A memo of […]
Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 6
Nancy’s story My son did TNVA for his 7th and 8th grade years, then TOPS for 9th grade. He is now a 10th grader with a 3.8 GPA and a 28 ACT score. Online school has been a great fit for him. Lynn’s story My family is a huge supporter of TNVA. We have been […]
1, 2, 3, repeat after me: #ITrustParents
by Beth Purcell Whoa! How great is this? Not only are Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Patty Murray working together on ESEA reauthorization, but Senator Tim Scott has penned the CHOICE Act AND there is a bipartisan bill to expand access to charter schools. A huge thank you from all of us at PublicSchoolOptions.org for […]
Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 5
A TNVA family story My daughter was in traditional schools for some of kindergarten. She had limited speech and didn’t know how to write or spell. Her school didn’t try to challenge her; the most she was learning was colors each week. She feared her school and we later found out that her teacher was physically […]