On February 28, 2013, families with kids in statewide online schools in Nevada held their Capitol Day in Carson City. They toured the capitol building and learned how a bill becomes a law. The kids looked hard to try to see the three bullet holes the tour guide told them were in the Lincoln portrait that hangs above the Assembly chamber.
Students, teachers, and parents filled the state Senate gallery and were recognized from the floor. One of the parents, Linda Lord, of northern Nevada was welcomed as a guest of Senator James A. Settelmeyer.
The Superintendent of Public Instruction, James. M. Guthrie, joined the group for lunch as did a representative of the State Board of Education. The AASA Nevada Superintendent of the Year for 2013, Caroline B. McIntosh, also spoke to the families.
I was honored to share some thoughts on the power of sharing our experiences as parents who choose school choice, and was thrilled to meet so many happy parents and children who learn online every day like my kids.
Children wrote notes to their lawmakers and families delivered them during visits that gave them a chance to thank legislators for online learning opportunities.
Just across the street from the Capitol, a granite monument marks the spot of the Pony Express station. It says:
“The first westbound trip left St. Joseph, Missouri on April 9, 1860 at 7:15 PM. It arrived here on April 12 at 3:30 PM. Carson City was now only 9 days from receiving eastern correspondence.”
Now, the children of Nevada enjoy the option of full-time statewide online school in another wave of innovation and daring. Kudos to Nevada for embracing this way of learning and making it available to the nearly 7500 children currently enrolled and others yet to come.
Great things are happening in digital learning in Nevada.