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April 2014

Your Teacher Could Win - No Fooling

This April Fools Day, were bypassing cheap tricks in favor of st lasting recognition. Thats because April 1 is the start of our 2014 American Pioneer of Teaching Award! Celebrating teachers who make a difference in charter, magnet or virtual public schools takes center stage for the next five weeks. And this year, we aim for more stories, more votes and even more recognition for the teachers who enrich our students academic lives. Start by nominating a teacher whos challenged your child to meet his potential, devoted that time to extra hours of tutoring, used innovative approaches to enhance lessons, brought interdisciplinary methods to the classroom or given that extra effort to make alternative public schools the right fit for your child. Nominations are accepted on PublicSchoolOptions.org April 1-10. On April 24, PublicSchoolOptions.org will announce the finalists . . . then the voting begins! Urge family, friends and community members to cast their vote for your teacher. Then find out May 6, at the height of National Teacher Appreciation Week, who voters chose as our 2014 American Pioneer of Teaching Award winner! Be sure to visit PublicSchoolOptions.org on April 1 !

Table of Contents
Your Teacher Could Win - No Fooling Profile States in the Spotlight Cheers for Champions

In The Spotlight
Partners and Allies
National Association of Charter Schools Nina Rees talks high graduation rates for charters


Getting Smart spotlights PublicSchoolOptions.orgs Military Families Chapter Center for Education Reforms charter school law rankings reveal need for improvement

Awarding Teachers of Choice

On Our Reading List

States in the Spotlight

One California family gives three reasons they chose virtual school Pennsylvania student demands equal funding for cyber school students Nevada makes big gains on 2013 Digital Learning Report Card Florida lawmakers push for more school choice Indianapolis eyes charter methods to save struggling public schools Kansas Families face virtual school funding cuts South Carolina, Utah, Arizona and California Round Out March Capitol Day Rallies

More NYC students get in line for a charter school spot The Washington Post explores Illogical Hostility Toward Charter Schools Los Angeles charter studentsoutperform peers PLUS: Capitol rallies, citywide upsets andcongressional commendation. Read how charters the beacon of hope for a better education shook things up this month.

Upcoming Events
Louisiana Capitol Day April 14, 2014 Ohio Capitol Day April 16, 2014 National Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-10, 2014 National Charter Schools Conference

Hundreds gathered for the South Carolina Chapter's 5th Annual Day at the State House on March 26th.

Cheers for Champions

Veto Power Boosts Student Power

June 29-July 2, 2014, Las Vegas, NV iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium November 4-7, 2014, Palm Springs, CA Check your state coalition page for upcoming events in your area.

We'd Love to Hear from You!

Parents awarded Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (pictured above), as well as Assemblywoman Shirley Weber with Golden Apple Awards at the California Parents for Public Virtual Education's Capitol Day on March 3rd.

We are always looking for content for our monthly newsletter and blog! Please share your stories or topic ideas by emailing us at info@publicschooloptions.org.

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