Taking a Chance on Innovation

Today, options have become a staple in nearly all aspects of life, so it’s really no surprise that educational options exist in the modern-day student’s life. But how did it get that way?

Well, it didn’t just happen overnight. Education policies and practices tend to change very slowly.

Twenty years ago, the idea of an alternative type of class that could be delivered online came to life. Florida Virtual School was created through a grant between two districts, a few innovative minds, legislative support, and A LOT of eyes watching it all unfold.

Success with the original 77 enrollments and 5 high school courses turned those watching eyes into parents wanting to sign their children up and that’s when they turned to Florida legislators to make it happen. What started with policies that would provide access to some students has since blossomed into policies that aim to open access to ALL students and it was fueled by parent and student-led advocacy.

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