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When Courtney Rodriguez’s children weren’t learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Courtney knew she had to find an alternative learning option.
“They were switching them back and forth from school to distant learning which was a complete joke. My children weren't learning, nor could they get extra help.”
Courtney began researching virtual learning as an alternative to the emergency remote teaching her family was experiencing during the pandemic. Virtual schools specialize in engaging students remotely with protocols to ensure student participation and they have spent decades refining a research- based curriculum designed to meet accessibility standards.
“My husband and I had a long talk and weighed out the pros and cons of virtual school” and brick-and-mortar public school.
After making the jump to Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy (OCVA), almost three years ago, Courtney says her family will not be returning to a traditional public school setting.
“My middle son Tevin struggled in [his brick-and-mortar] public school. He was a C average student and did not test well when state testing came around. Now, he is a straight A student!”
He and his sister Carmen tutor daily with a Spanish tutor and have become “quite fluent in it.” They are also very active in the student clubs that the school offers.
“My daughter Carmen is in the Pet Club, Minecraft Club, Robotics Club, and Arts and Crafts Club. She is consistent building, creating, making something. She coded her own game that is actually a functioning game.”
The Rodriguez family recently attended Oklahoma’s Capitol Day where they had the opportunity to meet State Senator Kevin Matthews. Courtney says, “going to the State Capitol and letting the students explain why virtual school is necessary and why they should continue to fund it,” was the most memorable moment in her advocacy efforts.
Courtney says she is grateful for parent choice and the opportunity to advocate for the best education for her children.
“I do not have to accept something that I feel is hindering my children. I have a choice!”
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