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...
National School Choice Week is the Country’s Largest Celebration for School Choice and Educational Freedom Nashville, Tenn., January 29, 2015 – Using the backdrop of this week’s National School Choice Week celebration, parent leaders of the Tennessee Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org, a group promoting more educational choices for families across the state, called on Tennessee state officials […]
KTVB: Hundreds march to support school choice in Idaho
by Justin Corr, KTVB January 27, 2015 BOISE — A river of people wearing yellow scarves flowed from the Basque Block to the Statehouse steps Tuesday afternoon, as students, parents, and teachers marched in support of school choice. It was one of thousands of planned demonstrations nationwide for National School Choice Week. Once they arrived, […]
Testing to be Key Issue at Wednesday Senate Hearing Washington, D.C., January 20, 2015 — On the eve of an important Congressional hearing on the issue of mandatory student testing, PublicSchoolOptions.org, a national parent-led non-profit advocacy organization that supports education policies promoting access to high quality options in education, applauded Chairman Lamar Alexander’s draft bill […]
Just your typical Monday
By Cherie Nielsen How did your Monday start? I was lucky enough to not only travel to the Big Apple for the first time, but also take part in the prestigious opening bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange. PSO President Beth Purcell and I braved Juno the (not-so-much) blizzard to walk on the […]
By Beth Purcell Friday morning I celebrated an issue near and dear to my heart: school choice! Both of my children have benefited from the educational options available to us in South Carolina. And for a couple hours of today, in the packed Florida Theater in Jacksonville, I heard many stories that reminded me of […]
Family Stories from Tennessee, Part 2
Susie, a TNVA parent I have two kids in TNVA. My daughter Emily had a learning delay before entering TNVA. The teachers have been great with her, and she has made so many gains with the help of TNVA. She’s now in second grade and has a wonderful teacher and has learned a lot. I would tell other […]