Public School Successes Exist; You Just Have to Know Where to Look
While the MSBA was too busy attacking the competition to notice this, I found a public school success story. Governor Blunt wants to expand the virtual school program:
In a statement released on Friday, Blunt announced that he is recommending to the state legislature a $1 million increase for MoVIP, bringing the total funding for the program to $6.2 million.
"Working with Missouri’s General Assembly, we have increased funding for elementary and secondary education by half a billion dollars," Blunt said in a news release. "The $1 million increase I am recommending for Missouri’s virtual schools will help to ensure that all Missouri students have the educational options they need to reach their full potential."
The new Virtual Instruction Program is popular with students and parents, especially those who live in rural areas with limited course offerings.
There are other public school success stories out there. When parents can choose whether it be choosing a charter or magnet school, or an online course they’re happy to choose public school options. But when you tell them their kids have to go to the nearest brick-and-mortar school, even if the school is failing or unresponsive to their kids’ needs, they complain.