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Virtual learning bill postponed for another day

For the second day in a row, the virtual education bill by Sen. Jeff Brandes (SB 904) has been postponed in the upper chamber.

Don't take it as a sign that the bill is in trouble, Brandes said Thursday.

"We're working on some amendments," the St. Petersburg Republican said.

Brandes also may be waiting on budget negotiations to come to a close. The House and Senate are still at odds over how to fund virtual education.

The Brandes bill would allow private virtual learning providers from outside of state to qualify for public dollars. It would also allow students to receive credits for some massive open online courses, or MOOCs, among other provisions.

Its House companion, sponsored by Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr., has already passed out of the lower chamber.