Rumor Claims Education Commissioner To Force All Students Back To “Brick and Mortar” Education In January.
NEW AT 2:21PM: SIGNIFICANT UPDATE. PALM BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT ISSUES STATEMENT. READ LATEST, HERE.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Rumors circulating Florida following a “Florida Association of School District Supervisors” meeting are incorrect, according to the Florida Department of Education. The rumors suggest that Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran will force all children back to “brick and mortar” school, starting in January.
“The Commissioner is committed to ensuring students and families have choices,” said Florida DOE Spokeswoman Cheryl Etters to BocaNewsNow.com. “Virtual options will definitely be available, and we’re reviewing all of the data that comes in from Survey Two to make determinations about the spring.”
Whether there is a semantics issue in that statement remains to be seen. Multiple educators familiar with the meeting, contacting BocaNewsNow.com, suggest that Corcoran plans to tell school districts that their “distance learning” programs must stop before the second semester. Families who wish to proceed with “distance learning,” according to those contacting us, would be required to enroll in FLVS — Florida Virtual School. FLVS is free to Florida residents.
The rumor is causing flashbacks for educators and administrators. Corcoran’s office forced public schools to reopen for “in person” education several months ago under the threat of losing state funding. The legality of that threat continues to be litigated. The fear, according to those contacting BocaNewsNow.com, is that the same threat will be used again — only this time to tell school districts that they’ll lose funding if they are not completely “in person” as 2021 gets underway.
“It’s a false narrative,” said Etters. “There’s no way virtual funding will simply disappear into thin air. Currently every school district is submitting data to our official Survey 2 that collects detailed enrollment data. By mid-November, we should have a clearer picture of what enrollment looks like and how that could impact the Spring 2021 semester.”
There was no immediate response from the Palm Beach County School District.
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