Younger Florida students enroll in virtual learning

Hundreds of Florida students started school this month not by entering traditional classrooms, but by logging on to virtual worlds.

Online learning, once reserved for college and high school students, has now engulfed the state�s elementary- and middle-schoolers. A state pilot program allowed two virtual schools to set up shop in Florida. They�re funded with taxpayer money, just like traditional brick-and-mortar schools.

The Legislature, forced to meet constitutionally mandated class-size limits, embraced the idea of virtual schooling to free classroom space in kindergarten through eighth grade. High school students already had access to the well-established Florida Virtual School. Read more…

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