July 5, 2023

Ensuring Equality for Online Charter School Students in California

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As an advocate for quality education and equitable opportunities, I firmly believe that all students, regardless of their educational setting, deserve equal access to resources and support. In California, online charter school students have been a growing population, and it is imperative that we address their unique needs.

Today, I would like to emphasize the importance of two federal programs that can significantly impact the lives of these students: the continuation of the Affordable Connectivity Program and the expansion of the National Free Lunch Program. By providing affordable internet connectivity and access to nutritious meals, we can ensure that online charter school students are treated fairly and given the same opportunities for success as their peers in traditional schools.

Affordable Connectivity Program

In an increasingly digital world, reliable and affordable internet connectivity is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity. However, many online charter school students in rural areas face significant barriers when it comes to accessing high-speed internet. The Affordable Connectivity Program aims to bridge this gap by providing subsidies to low-income families, ensuring that they can afford internet services. By continuing this voucher program to California, we can level the playing field for online charter school students, enabling them to engage in real-time virtual classrooms, access educational resources, and connect with teachers and peers.

Rural areas often face infrastructure challenges, making it more difficult for families to access affordable internet options. By including California in the Affordable Connectivity Program, we can address the digital divide that disproportionately affects rural communities. Online charter school students should not be penalized for their choice of educational setting; they deserve equal access to educational resources and the opportunity to thrive academically. By providing affordable connectivity, we empower these students to reach their full potential and enhance their educational experience.

Expansion of the National Free Lunch Program

Another crucial aspect of supporting online charter school students is ensuring their access to nutritious and healthy meals. Just as students in traditional schools benefit from the National Free Lunch Program, online charter school students should be afforded the same privileges. Many online charter school students come from low-income families, and providing them with access to nutritious meals can have a significant impact on their overall well-being and academic performance.

 Expanding the National Free Lunch Program in California to include online charter school students would alleviate the financial burden on families, ensuring that no student goes hungry. By providing nutritious meals, we can improve students' focus, concentration, and overall health, creating an environment conducive to effective learning. A healthy body is essential for a healthy mind, and by extending this program, we demonstrate our commitment to the well-being of all students, regardless of their chosen educational path.

It is essential to recognize the rights and needs of online charter school students in California. The Affordable Connectivity Program and the National Free Lunch Program are two vital initiatives that can provide these students with equal opportunities and support their academic journey. By addressing the challenges of affordable internet connectivity in rural areas and ensuring access to nutritious meals, we empower online charter school students to excel academically and reach their full potential.

As a school choice advocate on the state and federal level, I urge Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the California House Delegation to consider the importance of these programs for online charter school students in California. Let us champion equality in education and work together to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all students, regardless of their educational setting. By investing in affordable connectivity and expanding the free lunch program, we take a significant step towards a more equitable and thriving educational system for online charter school students in California.


Dr. Nicole Conragan is a practicing chiropractor as well as a passionate school choice advocate.  She discovered PSO in 2013 when she attended her first Parent Leadership Conference in Washington DC, and joined the board of California Parents for Public Virtual Education shortly thereafter. She was president of CPPVE for four years, and now serves as the Secretary for the National Coalition for Public School Options.

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