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ERIC Number: EJ838685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-29
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Fla. Budget Threatens Online Ed. Mandate
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy
Education Week, v28 n30 p1, 12-13 Apr 2009
As Florida school districts scramble to meet a looming state mandate to offer full-time online instruction for K-8 students, and as high school enrollments in such courses continue to climb, lawmakers are mulling restrictions and budget cuts for the state's nationally known virtual school. Together, online-learning advocates say, the growing demands amid dwindling resources and conflicting messages on the scope of the state virtual school could hinder efforts to expand e-learning options for Florida students. Beginning with the school year that starts in August, all 67 school districts in the state will be required to offer an option for full-time online education for qualified elementary and middle school students, as well as full- or part-time high school via the Internet. They can use a state-approved private vendor or the state virtual school to do so. The Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which has provided supplemental, credit-recovery, and accelerated classes for high school students since 1997, has contracted with Florida Connections Academy, a commercial provider, to offer K-8 programs to districts. But a bill in the Florida House would rescind nearly $14 million in funding for the virtual school aimed at class-size reduction, and a Senate proposal would limit FLVS students to online classes only in core subjects up to the maximum allowed credits. It could eliminate state payments for many of the electives and makeup courses that students take through the online school. Like all public schools and most sectors across the state, the FLVS is likely to get hit with a general budget cut as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Florida; Michigan