Tennessee Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org

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Chapter Co-Chairs Michelle Hamidi and Holly Wooten

Tennessee Chapter

Welcome to the website for the Tennessee Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org.

This is the place where Tennessee families come together to support and defend their right to access the best possible education options for their children.

Our organization supports the growing number of public school options available in Tennessee, including charter schools, virtual schools, and other innovative education programs.

We must ensure our children receive the best public education possible given their individual needs.

Our goal is to make Tennessee’s public education stronger by preserving and expanding our rights to public school options for our children. But there is much work to be done in support of that goal.

The Tennessee Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org is organizing and empowering parents like you to ensure our voices are heard. Join us today to protect the public school options that best suit your family’s needs. Screenshot 2015-03-12 16.51.02


Coalition Events

Under threat of closure, more than four hundred parents, students and educators descended on the state Capitol to express their support for protecting the right of parents to choose the school that works best for their children, including the Tennessee Virtual Academy, a full-time online public school offered through Union County Public Schools.

Wearing bright red scarves and t-shirts, supporters made their presence felt at the Capitol meeting with legislators and staff to demand that their public school not be shut down. Despite support from parents and students that are benefiting from the Tennessee Virtual Academy’s flexibility and personalized programs, the school is under threat of closure unless the Voices of TNVATennessee Virtual Schools Act is renewed this legislative session and meets demands from the Tenn. Department of Education that no other public school is facing.

Read more from the February 2015 Tennessee PSO Capitol Day here, and see photos of Capitol Day on Facebook.


In the News…

Statement on Senate Vote Regarding TNVA
April 21, 2015

Tennessee Virtual Academy makes final push to stay open
The Tennessean, April 21, 2015

PublicSchoolOptions.org Launches Statewide Radio Campaign to Make Sure TNVA is Here to Stay
April 13, 2015

— LISTEN: “Huffman Scores
PublicSchoolOptions.org radio ad, April 13, 2015

— LISTEN: “Huffman Kids
PublicSchoolOptions.org radio ad, April 13, 2015

— LISTEN: A TNVA parent on the “Phil Valentine Show”
SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, Nashville

PublicSchoolOptions.org Highlights Tenn. Families Who Have Chosen Public Virtual Schools for Their Children: The Blankinship family of Milan
April 1, 2015

BREAKING NEW VIDEO: Former TN Education Commissioner Huffman Broke His Word Before the Legislature on Virtual Schools
March 31, 2015

Kevin Huffman Leaves Behind Toxic Issue for Legislators
Rocky Top Politics, March 26, 2015

— April 7 Hearing Set for Parents Seeking to Stop Tennessee Department of Education from Closing Tennessee Virtual Academy
March 26, 2015

— LISTEN: Joe Carr speaks with Steve Gill on “The Carr Report”
“The Carr Report,” March 19, 2015

POLL: Tennessee Voters Overwhelmingly Agree Public Schools Should Not Be Closed Based Solely on State Tests
March 18, 2015

PublicSchoolOptions.org Calls on Senate Education Committee to Defeat Anti-School Choice Legislation That Would Hurt Children in Their Own Districts
355 students in committee member districts would be forced out of their school of choice
March 17, 2015

Though future in doubt, TN Virtual Academy Fights On
Knoxville News-Sentinel, March 16, 2015

PublicSchoolOptions.org Stands with Tennessee’s Virtual Schools In Calling on Legislators to Reauthorize State’s Virtual Public Schools Act
State’s virtual public schools deserve same accountability system as brick-and-mortar schools
March 16, 2015

Lawsuit filed to keep Tennessee virtual school open
Associated Press via Knoxblogs.com, March 12, 2015

Parents Sue Tennessee to Keep Virtual Academy Open
WZTV FOX-17 Nashville, March 12, 2015sen-educ

Tennessee Parents File Lawsuit Against Department of Education to Save Their Public Virtual School
Subjected to unfair accountability scheme, TNVA is only Level 1 school ordered to close
March 12, 2015

— Complaint filed in the Court of Davidson County, Tenn.
March 12, 2015

— PublicSchoolOptions.org Analysis Finds Tennessee Virtual Academy Showed Most Improvement of More Than 125 Level 1 Schools in Tennessee
Subjected to unfair accountability scheme, TNVA only Level 1 school ordered to close
March 11, 2015

— PublicSchoolOptions.org Finds Tennessee Virtual Academy Made Strong Academic Gains; One of Fastest Improving Schools in Tennessee
Tennessee families fighting to keep school open because it’s demonstrating positive outcomes for children
March 10, 2015

— National parent organization to join Tennessee parents in effort to keep public school with documented progress open
Tennessee bureaucrats ignore progress being made at public virtual school helping 1,300 students achieve their education goals
March 9, 2015

— Reauthorization Brief for the Virtual Public Schools Act
From A Partnership for the Advancement of Virtual Learning in Tennessee, February 27, 2015

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