The Palm Beach County School Board plans today to urge state lawmakers to repeal a new funding approach that slashed dollars for the state-run Florida Virtual School, spawning wholesale teacher layoffs from the program just as a new school year begins.
The demand from county officials is part of rising push-back across the state over what critics say is the latest bid to further privatize public education by Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-led Legislature.
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Staff writer Allison Ross contributed to this story.
This fall’s enrollment for Florida Virtual School dropped 32 percent from last year, causing the public online school to lay off 86 percent of its part-time staff and 13 percent of its full-time employees. School districts are less inclined to refer students to Florida Virtual because of a formula passed by the Legislature last year that cuts money to the district for every Florida Virtual class a student takes.