Next school year, the first generation of Florida students can begin to earn a diploma from local public schools entirely online, without ever setting foot in a classroom from kindergarten through 12th grade, reports the Palm Beach Post. A new state law requires districts to create their own full-time virtual schools, collaborate with other districts, or contract with providers approved by the state. The law is believed to be the most wide-ranging virtual mandate in the nation. "The rest of the country will be watching to see how it goes," said Julie Young, president and chief executive officer of Florida...

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