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Florida governor vetoes budget for online learning amid pandemic

Added 06-30-20 07:57:03pm EST - “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) vetoed the budget for a package of online education programs that have played key roles for students and educators during the coronavirus pandemic.?” - Thehill.com

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Cure Violence Global founder Gary Slutkin says violence and epidemics follow same patterns; Global death toll surpasses half a million GOP committee chair: 'It would help' if Trump would wear a mask occasionally MORE (R) vetoed the budget for a package of online education programs that have played key roles for students and educators during the coronavirus pandemic. 

DeSantis’s veto, issued Monday, killed the $29.4 million budget for the Complete Florida Plus Program, which provides online platforms that have become more prominent as students and teachers adopt distance learning. Among other programs, the veto will scrap a database of online courses and an online library service. 

Over 2,000 adult students could lose their scholarships, and roughly 150 employees in Tallahassee, Gainesville and Pensacola could lose their jobs, according to Politico.

Complete Florida will go offline at midnight without any new sources of funding, meaning that library databases, among other tools, would become unavailable in the middle of the college summer semester.

The cut was part of a broader veto of $1 billion from Florida’s 2020-21 budget as the state tries to grapple with a burgeoning outbreak of the coronavirus.

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