Coalition Chair Mike Harris
Coalition Co-Chair Gail Hall
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In Our State
In a state with few public school options and no virtual public schools, parents and students continue to fight for greater school choice.
Towards that goal, parent voices proved highly influential when the North Carolina School Board eventually decided not to vote on proposed restrictions to the charter school approval process.
Getting The Word Out
Along with over 35 meetings with legislators and staffers in the last year, the North Carolina Chapter proactively addressed other audiences. Former Coalition co-Chair Lauren Bumgardner lamented the lack of options to local media outlets, including the Raleigh News & Observer, ABC 11, and the Charlotte Observer. Other parent leaders were published in the Gaston Gazette and The Pilot.
Ensuring that parents remain educated, the Coalition hosted eight meet-and-greet events throughout the year and across the state, which yielded 150 new volunteers. The Coalition also provided parents a voter guide in the fall with information on state legislative candidates’ positions on school choice issues.
Co-Chair of the North Carolina Chapter Gail Hall and PublicSchoolOptions.org President Beth Purcell were guests on the People and Politics talk radio program with Donna Martinez. Click here to listen to the interview.
Mike Harris, parent and Co-Chair of the PublicSchoolOptions.org North Carolina Chapter is one of the thousands of parents who had planned to enroll several of their kids in the North Carolina Virtual Academy before that public school option was halted by state education bureaucrats. In the video above, Mike talks about the challenges his family faces with the lack of public charter school options in his state.
The Coalition brought together 32 parents from across the state gathered in Raleigh for the North Carolina Chapter’s Capitol Day. Mike Harris, Chairman of the state’s parent Coalition, presented Representatives Brandon and Stam and Senators Goolsby and Tillman with Champion of Education awards for their dedicated effort to expand school choice for parents and students. Representative David Lewis also escorted a delegation of parents around the Capitol buildings. Parents took this time to meet with over 20 legislators and ask for more public school options, including charters and cyber charters.
Parents met in Raleigh again at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for lunch with guest speaker, State Senator Thom Goolsby. Senator Goolsby gave an update on how the general assembly can bring more options to public education. After lunch, the parents spoke with over 15 State Senators and staffers. Many Senators promised to support efforts to bring full time virtual school options to North Carolina.