“Parents have the fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.”

Virginia Code (1-240.1)

“Parents have the fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.”

Virginia Code (1-240.1)

Mission Statement

The Virginia Education Opportunity Alliance (VEOA) mission is to create a statewide grassroots coalition to advance parental rights and education opportunities.  

On May 17th, we hosted, along with our partners, the 3rd Annual Virginia Education Summit. It was a huge success because many of the presenters who shared their stories have been incredibly successful in their desire to provide personalized education for children from diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. Their stories inspired numerous attendees who are contemplating starting a microschool

Consider the story of Nasiyah Irsa-Ul, who, at the tender age of 14, pioneered Canary Academy, an online space for homeschooling and microschooling.

This panel of microschool founders, discussed the challenges and immense rewards of providing individualized learning curriculums in a safe and nuturing environment.

Don and Ashley Soifer, Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer for the National Microschooling Center, advised attendees on how to start and maintain a microschool. Their inspiration was contagious, and they encouraged people to pursue their desires to become educational entrepreneurs.

Emily Anne Gullickson, Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Education, elaborated on the Youngkin administration’s recent success in education. Many improvements were made this past year, including increased seat time flexibility, universal teacher licensure, and $68M parent-led Learning Acceleration Grants.

We had a packed house. People not only enjoyed the information they learned but also the wonderful food Maggiano’s served during lunch. There is nothing like Pasta a La Vodka to activate the brain cells!

We hope to see you next year, where we will continue to provide resources and inspiration in the education entrepreneur space.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to improve transparency within the public-schools so that parents have the information they need to make fully informed decisions about their child’s education and offer innovative solutions that empower them to pursue educational options that are best suited to their child’s individual learning styles.

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