Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, legislators and constituents gather in the Rotunda earlier this year to talk about rights – mainly equal employment opportunities – for individuals with disabilities. COURTESY PHOTO

Fain named Champion for Kids for online public school advocacy

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:08pm
  • News

While much of the focus remains on public school students in traditional classroom settings, thousands also embrace alternative options including online learning, for which Sen. Joe Fain was recognized as a “Champion for Kids” by the Digital Public Schools Alliance.

Fain continued his advocacy for students and families who utilize online learning and curriculum through Washington’s public school system, a nationwide leader in online learning.

“Every student in our state has unique learning needs, and some face other challenges or opportunities that don’t allow the traditional classroom environment to work for them,” said Fain, R-Auburn, who serves as vice chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee and as a key budget negotiator. “By providing a menu of high-quality options for all students, we can ensure their unique needs are met and set them up for a successful student experience.”

Digital public schools offer students from kindergarten through high school a part- or full-time education taught online by certified teachers employed by school districts across Washington. Students use state-approved curriculum and are required to take the same state- and federal-assessment tests as traditional public-school students.

Students participating in online learning do so for a variety of reasons including physical or learning disabilities, the need for advanced or remedial courses, or personal and family demands that do not align with the traditional classroom environment and schedule.

The Digital Public Schools Alliance is a coalition of parents who choose online public school for their children, and engage in advocacy and outreach to preserve funding and program opportunities.

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ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter
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