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Parts of Vetoed Florida Online Education Program Will Be Revived

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By    |   Thursday, 02 July 2020 11:19 AM

Parts of a nearly $30 million education program vetoed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be revived and transferred from the University of West Florida, Politico reports.

On Tuesday, DeSantis vetoed the Complete Florida Plus Program, which teachers and students relied on when school went virtual, amid budget cuts.

Just before the program was set to be dismantled completely, the State University System Board and Governors and UWF announced that parts of the program would be saved via an emergency rescue. 

The program in its current form will no longer exist. Programs deemed essential will be brought back under a new name. The move allows the program to be taken away from UWF's control and gets around a law that prevents money from being spent on vetoed programs, according to Politico. 

The programs include online courses and an online library service that provides 17 million books to 1.3 million users. 

Until the transition takes place, DeSantis spokesperson Helen Aguirre Ferré told Politico that “leftover rolled over funds” will allow the program to continue to operate.

It is unclear what programs will be deemed essential under the transition. 

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Parts of a nearly $30 million education program vetoed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be revived and transferred from the University of West Florida, Politico reports. On Tuesday, DeSantis vetoed the Complete Florida Plus Program, which teachers and students relied on...
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