More love for Florida Virtual School
The latest praise for the Florida Virtual School comes in the form of a cover story in the summer issue of Education Next magazine, out today. “Savvy leadership, strong political support, and a series of well-timed decisions around growth have helped FLVS become the country’s most successful virtual school, and perhaps one of its most important reform stories as well,” says the story, written by Bill Tucker, managing director at the Education Sector think tank.
The story offers an inside look at the school’s history; insights from everybody from former Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan to FEA spokesman Mark Pudlow; and factoids that haven’t circulated much in the Florida media, including recent jumps in black and Hispanic enrollment. It also notes that the school is facing new challenges in terms of growth and support.
“The school was surprised at the end of 2007 when key state Senate committee leaders convened a two-day workshop to hear from a variety of additional virtual school vendors, researchers and district officials,” Tucker writes. “While every legislator and speaker at the hearing expressed strong admiration and support for FLVS’s programs, it was clear that FLVS was no longer driving the agenda.”