Texas Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org
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In Our State
Our school choice message in Texas is simple: Increase access to full-time virtual schools for all Texas families. In support of this message, the Texas Chapter has been supportive of SB 1298, legislation that prohibits arbitrary barriers to enrollment like prior public school requirements, limits on grade levels offered, and caps on numbers of students that can enroll in full time online learning.
Getting the Word Out
Working with various media to amplify the message across the state, parent leader Jennifer Roy published two op-eds in August, one in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the other in the Dallas Morning News. Jennifer opposed unfair enrollment restrictions for public virtual schools and shared her family's positive experience with online learning.
The Texas Chapter also took their support for school choice and concerns about specific restrictions directly to lawmakers. Martha Kaufman and Rebecca Cooley, two parents living in Senate Education Chair Leticia Van de Putte's district, testified before the Senate Education Committee in October and met with her afterward to discuss the benefits.
This past November hundreds of Texas families gathered for the PublicSchoolOptions.org Texas Chapter's final 2013 event in Houston. The keynote speaker, State Representative Dwayne Bohac, not only expressed his support for the school choice movement; he also announced his intent to be a legislative champion for virtual public school in the state legislature.
April 17, 2013 marked the third bi-annual Texas School Choice Day at the Capitol in Austin. Nearly 250 supporters of online education gathered on the steps of the Statehouse to hear from our champions of school choice. During the march to the front of the Capitol, students cheered for the passage of SB 1298 and thanked Senators Patrick and Hegar for their support of school choice. Attendees heard from Senators Patrick and Hegar, and Lt. Governor Dewhurst and awarded each the Texas Champions of School Choice Awards. All three champions gave encouraging remarks about increasing access to public school options like online schools in Texas.
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