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February 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Senate Bill 5410

Cutting confidence for students in alternative schools

I’m concerned about Senate Bill 5410. Passed into law, it would remove choice in alternative education.

I chose alternative education for my child over district schools because he struggled with daily classroom learning and there was a large student-to-teacher ratio.

I also made the decision to pull my son away from the district-school environment because of the depravity of student-promoted drug access, prolific sexual activity and filthy language.

I chose Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA), a tuition free, statewide public school using a K-12 curriculum, blending technology and innovation with a traditional academic approach.

WAVA provides this engaging education for many types of learners. Professional, certified teachers are meticulously involved with responsive instructional skills; 93 percent of WAVA students passed the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL).

SB 5410 eliminates this asset to education. Students must return to the district or enroll in their district’s online program, which is not really a school.

Defend the choice to have alternative learning. Call your senator and ask them to reject SB 5410. Help students like my son obtain confidence in material, learn at an individual pace, experience a personal-learning approach and have the opportunity to escape the social ills of public school.

Tell senators to vote no so that really no child will be left behind.

— Tanya Noel, Graham

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