Michigan Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org
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In Our State
In the most recent legislative session, legislators considered funding cuts for online public school students. If passed, online learning students would find themselves at an unfair disadvantage, receiving 20% less funding than traditional public school students. Although legislation is still pending, Michigan parents are certain that their support for full and fair funding via meetings with, and letters and phone calls to policymakers will prove successful.
Getting the Word Out
National Board Director & MI parent Sandy Smith authored op-eds in the Detroit Free Press and the Lansing State Journal early this September, in which she praises Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan lawmakers for “getting so much right in the last year.” She writes “by putting kids first, expanding school choice for parents and embracing new technologies and new teaching mehods, this back-to-school season is more special than ever.”
For “March is Reading Month,” the Michigan Chapter invited Governor Rick Snyder to read to about 100 kindergarten through third grade students who watched and listened via their virtual charter school’s online platform. The event allowed the Governor to experience the use of technology in the classroom and interact with online learning students. A reporter with Detroit News quoted Governor Snyder as saying “It’s a great opportunity to actually interact with the kids and to see that you can have real interaction going back and forth leveraging technology. Our goal is student growth, and we want to create whatever venue works best for them. If you think about it longer-term, technology is just going to become more important. Kids today take to technology a lot better than we took to it.”
Keeping parents engaged, our Chapter hosted three meet-and-greet events, including a trip to the Detroit Zoo, for 75 parents. The Coalition also hosted two cider mill trips in the fall, which included hayrides, pumpkins, cider, and doughnuts. Families from both the Michigan Virtual Charter Academy and Connections Academy attended. One cider mill event also included the awarding of a Golden Apple Award to State Representative Deb Shaughnessy for her support of options, including virtual public schools. Our Chapter also coordinated with Senator Phil Pavlov to record a supportive podcast on charter schools and cyber learning.
In the News...
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 […]
Louisiana Parents Ask to Join State in Lawsuit to Save Their Schools
Louisiana Association of Educators’ Suit Puts Thousands of Children at Risk Baton Rouge, La., January 14, 2015 – Today, PublicSchoolOptions.org and Louisiana parents Jenette Franklin and Christin Kaiser filed a petition in Louisiana District Court to be included as defendants in a lawsuit brought by the state teachers union, the Louisiana Association of Educators, against the State. The union […]
National School Choice Advocacy Organization Demands SBE to Follow the Law Washington, D.C., January 7, 2015 – PublicSchoolOptions.org, a national parent advocacy organization with hundreds of members in North Carolina, is urging the North Carolina State Board of Education to follow the directive of the state legislature and approve the two virtual charter school pilot […]
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 […]
Family Stories from Tennessee
Austin, a TNVA student Many of our students with learning differences find the virtual setting to be their best and least restrictive environment. Austin lives in a small rural town in middle Tennessee. He entered TNVA his 6th grade year. The main reason for leaving his brick and mortar school was that he had been […]