Dunleavy Administration launches virtual school for Alaskan students

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FAIRBANKS, AK Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration has launched a new virtual school for Alaska students in partnership with a Florida program, garnering some criticism from educators adjusting their lessons to online teaching amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

AP reported Friday that the state of Alaska signed a $525,000 contract with the Florida Virtual School.

About 80 Alaska students were enrolled by Friday.

The new contract is intended to expand teaching options while schools are closed.

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Under the program, K-12 students can register for online classes for free for the final part of the school year, which is scheduled to end in May.