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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.
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 […]
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 […]
Who Should Hold Schools Accountable? And How?
Earlier this month the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) released a report on state policies relating to access and accountability for charter schools. NACSA should be applauded for their continued suggestion of multiple authorizers and a streamlined path for replication of high performing charter schools. As an advocacy organization focused on access to […]
By Gail Hall, North Carolina PSO Co-Chair I am proud to see the strides North Carolina is making toward a broader scope of school choice. As a parent, I was thrilled to see the General Assembly’s decision to approve our state’s first pilot program, as I understand the variations in learning style and comprehension from student to […]