With a veto, DeSantis shuts down Florida’s online learning platform as pandemic infections soar

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Florida continues to be a coronavirus clusterf–k, due in large part to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis apparently following the we can’t close the beaches, it’s prime tourist season school of governance. His latest move, however, is so bizarre that it has other state leaders wondering if he did it by accident.

For reasons apparent to nobody, DeSantis vetoed the entire near-$30-million budget of the state online education systems being used by Florida students to complete online high school and college courses. The Complete Florida Plus Program will cease to exist as of midnight tonight, and the site will be shut down.

As Politico reports, DeSantis’ veto came out of nowhere, “leading some higher education officials to wonder if there had been some sort of mistake.” Did DeSantis intend to scuttle the state’s entire online learning program in the middle of a pandemic now spiraling out of control in his state?

From the refusals of anyone around DeSantis to provide an explanation, it doesn’t seem to be an error. DeSantis just wants to end the state’s distance learning program, which will be shut down at midnight. Because DeSantis wants it to be … during a pandemic. A pandemic that makes distance learning the only practical means of continuing an education, as DeSantis’ previous bungles send Florida COVID-19 cases spiraling.

With, so far, no explanation or recourse.

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5 Comments on "With a veto, DeSantis shuts down Florida’s online learning platform as pandemic infections soar"

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Norm Reyome
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Norm Reyome

our kids dunt need edjewcation….

chris whitley
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chris whitley

He must have went to trump university.

Hölle U.
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Hölle U.

Well, education does create liberals, so I guess that may be his warped, stupid line of thinking or what he believes passes for thinking?

Mary
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Mary

No, This act, is one more case of this Republican going after;

1. Public Education
2. A Resource most desperately needed by lower-income Floridians
3. To cut state spending and taxes of rich Floridians
4. Attacking minorities and people of color
5. And savagely playing like Trump, as he sucks up with all his might…

I’m just surprised he hasn’t opened up state-operated cotton plantations for young people of color to work over the summer. Because that’s the kind of guy DeSantis is.

John Johnson
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John Johnson

JUST A FU@KING AS$HOLE!!!!!