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Florida Virtual School: Proposed budget would hurt our funding

School districts, teachers and parents are celebrating the $1 billion addition to the state’s education budget.

But not everyone is happy with their slice of the pie.

Florida Virtual School, the state’s public online school, says it will actually come up about $36 million short due to a proposed change in the state’s education finance formula.

FLVS was expecting to see its $200 million budget increased by $45 million next year to cover the cost of 80,000 new enrollments, CEO Julie Young said. But the increase will be closer to $9 million.

That’s because under the new formula, online providers will receive fewer dollars for every part-time student they enroll. As a result, FLVS will have to increase its teacher-to-student ratio and eliminate part-time graders and curriculum specialists, Young said.

“We like to say that FLVS is a place where every student has a front row seat,” Young said. “But with a budget cut this steep, teachers will have less time with individual students.”

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If FLVS is a truly viable alternative to face to face teaching, it should concentrate on teaching subjects that have an EOC - End Of Course exam. Then we can see clear data that either affirms or denies its effectiveness.

tony smith

Good. We don't need online education. What a farce.


Wow. Do you have any experience with education whatsoever, or are you simply taking sound bites and regurgitating them? Either way, great job wearing your ignorance on your sleeve, Tony. Come and talk to me after you've had the pleasure of teaching a 14 year old cancer patient from her hospital bed.


FLVS does teach End Of Course exam subjects. Statistically, FLVS kids do score higher. The US History course has the students so engaged in history that it will be exciting to see the score comparison coming out. FLVS has the disadvantage of students having to wait to take the exam during traditional testing windows. There are eight mandatory personal discussions with each student that must take place in our history course- that is a minimal requirement and documented specific content and personalized discussions. The student cannot get past these without proving they have in-depth content knowledge of Common Core history standards. The students must pass a final exam that has no teacher subjectivity - or they do not receive credit. If a student wants to rectify a mistake or a teacher feels learning has not occurred- that student is required to go back and apply all new note-taking, reading comprehension, and high-order processing strategies to remediate the material. No essay, project, or assessment is passed through until full application of the rubric and full comprehension of the material is demonstrated. This allows those who are on cue to move forward and those who are not to receive individual and personalized instruction. The virtual learning assists children with special circumstances, students wishing to progress faster in school, students who wish to make up a credit and students who want less in-class distractions. And, yes, when a child has to take a year off of school to care for a dying mother with cancer- we are with them every step of the way. That-and thousands of other stories- is why online serves students.


You can see the reported EOC scores and a comparison between FLVS and the State's average scores for years 2011 and 2012 on Page 12 here: http://flvs.net/areas/contactus/Documents/Florida_Virtual_School_Summary.pdf As you can see, FLVS outperforms state averages.

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