Families rallying in Olympia for digital public schools

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington parents and children who support digital public schools will rally Friday at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

The families want to encourage continued public support the education option.

Families will visit their legislators to talk about why they chose a digital public school, how it's working for them, and why they are beneficial for Washington students who need an alternative to the traditional classroom.

According to a recent survey of 540 Washington parents with children in full-time digital public schools:

  • 38 percent of respondents said they removed their child from a traditional school because of bullying
  • 38 percent said they enrolled their child because of the quality of the curriculum
  • 52 percent of respondents said their child was either falling behind in their traditional classroom or was an advanced learner who wasn't being challenged
  • 75 percent of digital public school children participate in extracurricular activities outside the home

The rally is at the Washington State Capitol Rotunda at noon.