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Virtual-voucher mix-up may cost Florida $565,000

TALLAHASSEE — State education chief Jim Horne said Friday he would not force kindergartners and first-graders who were illegally allowed to enroll in state-financed Internet-based ‘virtual schools’ to withdraw — a decision that will cost taxpayers $565,000.

Horne’s action appeared to contradict advice from his department’s top lawyer, Daniel Woodring, who wrote Horne a letter Thursday recommending that the department tell two for-profit schools that the state wouldn’t use money allocated by the legislature for the virtual-school project to pay for students who were not enrolled in a public school last year. Read more…

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