Course Access

This legislation (SB 692 by Sen. Dennis Baxley and HB 833 by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan) strengthens Florida’s commitment to virtual education for all students. Simply by removing outdated language and procedural obstacles, including a restrictive requirement related to public school enrollment, this bill opens the door for all students to access Florida’s outstanding online courses.

Background:

Florida continues to be a leader in providing its students with access to high-quality online courses. Despite this progress, arbitrary and unnecessary barriers keep many students from participating in virtual programs. The current law includes a “prior year public school enrollment” requirement for access to high-quality online programs, which is needlessly complicated, confusing and unfair. All Florida students should have access to the virtual courses and programs offered by local school districts and by the Florida Virtual School (FLVS).

This bill removes these roadblocks and makes all students, including home education and private school students, eligible to participate in virtual instruction.

Bill Summary:

    • Removes the “prior year public school enrollment” requirement and makes all students, including home education and private school students, eligible to participate in virtual instruction.
    • Removes outdated language requiring an Auditor General report in 2014.
    • Allows a student to enroll in a virtual instruction program provided by the school district or by a virtual charter school operated in the district in which the student resides.
    • Removes an exemption of the online course requirements for graduation (passing an online content assessment without enrollment in or completion of the course).