By S.V. DÃ¡te
Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
TALLAHASSEE â€” A House education committee Tuesday approved an expansion of the state’s K-8 virtual school program to allow every home-schooled child in the state to enroll – a scenario that could cost taxpayers more than $300 million.
But Weatherford, a new lawmaker who hopes to be House speaker in six years, said that philosophically he thinks all children, including those being home-schooled without any state assistance, should have the opportunity to participate in the state-paid program that provides parents with a computer, books, software and on-line access to teachers.
The following paragraph then makes it perfectly clear that once they enroll they will be under the Florida Public School Standards:
The virtual schools’ curriculum must meet Florida Sunshine State Standards, and students must take the FCAT. The companies that pushed for the original legislation and that hold contracts with the Department of Education are Virginia-based K12, founded by former GOP Education Secretary William Bennett, and Maryland-based Connections Academy.
Along with the standards, participants should be aware that there are also calls for more acountability for these schools as
state says to “Expect Reforms”.
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