A revised bill in the Florida Senate would allow students to attend virtual schools across district lines.
Sponsor Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, said the measure would extend the state’s new open-enrollment policy for public schools “into the virtual arena.”
A law passed last year allowed Florida parents to transport their students to any public school in the state that had room for them. An amendment to SB 868, which passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously today, would extend that policy to “virtual charter schools, and district virtual programs.”
Florida Virtual School functions like a statewide school district, enrolling students in online classes full- and part-time.
But supporters of the change said right now, geographic boundaries still apply to Florida’s other online learning options, like virtual charter schools, school district-run Virtual Instruction Programs and local FLVS franchises.