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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Senate Bill 1620

“I commend the Senate Education Pre-K – 12 Committee for voting favorably on a critical piece of legislation today. Their decision to move Senate Bill 1620 forward in the legislative process is an important first step in expanding virtual education options for Florida’s families.

“Florida is a national leader when it comes to the use of virtual instruction in public education, showcasing programs and entire schools that are using technology to fulfill the academic dreams of students. Should this bill become law, it will mean the dawn of a new era of education innovation in our state, resulting in countless new learning opportunities for every student.”