Florida Virtual School Lays Off Hundreds Of Teachers

Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Virtual School is laying off several hundred teachers in response to a decline in enrollment and change in funding.

The online school has cut 177 full-time positions and 625 part-time instructors over July and August.

The layoffs come in light of a 32 percent decline in enrollment as of July 23 compared to the previous year.

Florida Virtual School spokeswoman Tania Clow says those enrollment figures are used to determine staffing levels.

The Florida Legislature has also changed how the schools are funded. As a result of the change, schools get less money for every student that enrolls in a virtual course.

The school offers more than 120 online courses free to students who live in Florida.

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