Dear Virtual School Families,
The State Legislature adjourned the 2015 legislative session on Monday, July 6. During the session, the legislature considered a bill that would have cut funding for virtual public schools. With the help of families like yours, who visited, called and emailed your state legislators, the bill never found enough support to advance through committee.
This wasn’t the first time we’ve been threatened by bills that cut funding or limit access to virtual public schools, and it surely won’t be the last. These bills deny parents the right to choose the public education that best suits their children and threatens the quality of our schools. When these threats appear we have to respond.
And you did! Virtual school parents sent over 400 emails to legislators and made dozens more phone calls demanding full funding for virtual public schools. Your voice was heard. The House Education Committee scheduled and then cancelled two hearings on this legislation due to the overwhelming response from concerned parents.
While we were able to defeat this threat, we need to remain vigilant about protecting virtual public schools. Please stay involved and recruit new families to our effort. Make sure to “like” our Facebook page and encourage other families to do the same.
Through education and coordinated advocacy, we can continue to make a difference for Oregon’s virtual school students.
Thank you for your help and support.