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DeSantis Kills Online Learning Program Amid Virus Resurgence

With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Ron DeSantis wiped out the entire $29.4 million budget for a suite of online education services that have become critical to students and faculty during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The move, barring action before midnight Tuesday, will kill the Complete Florida Plus Program, an array of technology systems that faculty, staff and students throughout Florida rely on, never more so than now, in the midst of a pandemic that has amplified reliance on distance learning. The cuts include a database of online courses and an online library service that provides 17 million books to 1.3 million students, faculty and staff.

Complete Florida and its budget have been in the spotlight since library administrators last year accused UWF of siphoning money from state programs, a complaint that prompted an audit overseen by the BOG and the attention of lawmakers.

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