Around this time of year, PublicSchoolOptions.org holds Capitol Days in states across America, like this upcoming event in Texas next month. Recently, I met with state representatives in Missouri about the importance of online education. Currently, the state of Missouri does not have a public virtual school option. My aim was to explain to the congressmen and women the critical importance of virtual schools.
I am currently in my 8th year teaching for a virtual school, so I have many stories I was able to share about students who have come to us with a specific need and we were able to meet that need. Whether it be a medical need, the need for a different environment, or the flexibility that virtual school allows, the need for school choice for families across America is immense.
Virtual school is not for everyone, but it is necessary. We owe it to student across the county, including those in Missouri, to offer an alternate school choice when the traditional classroom setting is not a viable option.