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...
Military Families Band Together Education Options
Getting Smart, Tillie Elvrum Published March 17, 2014 Of all the challenges military parents face, sending your children off for their first day at a new school is among the most heart-wrenching. Memorizing a new locker combination, braving a sea of unfamiliar faces in the cafeteria, warming up to new teachers – the transition is […]
89.3 KPCC Published March 7, 2014 [AUDIO] 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 […]
Getting Smart, Beth Purcell Published 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 […]
Capitol Days Rally on in Ohio, Louisiana
4.18.14 April showers didn’t deter families in Ohio and Louisiana this month as coalition members, teachers and students gathered for fellowship and advocacy at their annual Capitol Days. At the height of state legislative sessions, these families and teachers delivered their message of public school options with gusto. In Louisiana, state chair Christin Kaiser and […]
4.16.14 On your mark, get set, go! In education, it seems, the often-used metaphor is that of a race. No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, getting kids across the finish line, and kids working at their own pace, are just some of the examples which come to mind. Fortunately for me, this comparison […]
NJ High Court Hands Down A Win for Students in the State
Yesterday, the New Jersey Superior Court handed down a decision to grant charter requests, a ruling that allows for online public charter schools in the state. In its ruling, the court disagreed with the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) initial claim that the state’s Charter School Act does not give the Commissioners authority to approve […]