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Knox County Board of Education approves virtual education contract

The Knox County Board of Education approved a contract with the Florida Virtual School at a meeting Wednesday night.
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 4:38 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2020 at 11:15 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Board of Education approved a contract with the Florida Virtual School at a meeting Wednesday night.

The contract would include buying educational software and services for the upcoming school year.

Superintendent Bob Thomas said there are about 90 teaching vacancies within the district, down from over 160 just last week. “So we’ve really made great progress,” Thomas said.

18,000 students have signed up for virtual learning this semester.

Some parents who have selected the KCS virtual learning option say they don’t mind who is teaching their students as long as they’re qualified. The parents also say they wish there was a way to have more local educators.

Parents like Chrissi Schnell, who made the decision to enroll her kids in virtual learning, approved of the measure.

“This measure at least ensures that the things that the parents chose originally they can go ahead and see through ... I think that’s really imporant because a lot of people were afraid that they would get kicked out of the virtual spot,” she said.

The proposal passed 8-1. Board member Jennifer Owen was the dissenting vote.

Knox County Schools students are set to return on August 24.

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