Educational Technology

May 27, 2012

FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL: Is it the future of education in Florida?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Regina Girdner, The Corsair

Virtual schools are getting mixed reviews from students and traditional high school teachers. Now every Florida high school student must take at least one online course to graduate. “I took economics and algebra II (online) in high school because I wanted to get ahead in my classes…(and) bring up my GPA,” said Emily Wheeler, now a student at Pensacola State College. Wheeler was one of more than 122,000 students enrolled in Florida Virtual School in 2010. In the 15 years since its inception, the state-funded virtual school has increased enrollment by 1,114 percent. Public, private or homeschool students in kindergarten through Grade 12 who are Florida residents can enroll in Florida Virtual School free of charge. The state funds the program through state taxes. Students outside of Florida may also take courses at the virtual school on a tuition basis.

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