Gov. Rick Scott signed a major education bill last week that, in addition to equalizing funding for Florida charter schools, also removes the state’s last remaining restrictions on virtual education eligibility for elementary school students.
HB 7069 also eliminates geographic boundaries for virtual education and creates statewide open enrollment for virtual charter schools.
Florida Virtual School functions like a statewide school district, enrolling students in online classes full and part-time.
Under existing laws, students in second through fifth grades can’t enroll in virtual courses part-time. Children in middle and high school can only take certain part-time courses if they were enrolled in public schools the previous years. Continue Reading →