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Students are individuals, and learning is personal. These are the two tenets on which online schools were built, and it is what is driving students around the country to this new education model. Yet, while online schools are working for thousands of K-12 students, the model needs to continue to evolve so it helps more succeed.

This means recruiting and training effective online teachers. It means engaging students with rich, interactive content. It means providing academic support to students who need it, and it means state policies that focus on keeping students engaged, learning and progressing toward graduation.

Online schools can do more to improve student outcomes, but they also need the backing of good state policies to enforce programs and procedures that have proven to be most effective. Most importantly, policy should expand access to education and not limit it with a selection process that weeds out students who are deemed unlikely to succeed.

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About The Author

Kevin P. Chavous

Kevin P. Chavous, President of Academics, Policy, and Schools, joined K12 in November 2017. Mr. Chavous is a noted education reform leader and innovator with a well-chronicled track record of empowering families with education choice and driving change and opportunity for children of all backgrounds and circumstances. Mr. Chavous has worked to advance quality education programs around the nation, most notably as the Education Committee Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia, where he helped to shepherd the charter school movement into the nation’s capital. In addition, he was the founding Board President of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Mr. Chavous is the founder of Democrats for Education Reform and a founding board member of the American Federation for Children. He has been instrumental in advancing charter school and education choice programs around the country, and in 2016, he was inducted into the District of Columbia Hall of Fame. In addition, he received the distinguished Outstanding Alumni Award from his alma mater, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School in Indianapolis. Additionally, Mr. Chavous is an accomplished author, having published four books, including Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education; Voices of Determination: Children that Defy the Odds; and Building a Learning Culture in America, as well as his first novel, The Plan, a political thriller. A prolific writer and inspirational speaker, Mr. Chavous’ opinion editorials have appeared in many major newspapers, and he has given education reform speeches in nearly every state. Mr. Chavous graduated from Wabash College, where he was an NCAA District All-American in basketball. He was inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Mr. Chavous graduated from the Howard University School of Law, where he was president of his graduating class.

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