TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Florida is leading the way in distance learning. Corcoran praised parents, teachers, and students Thursday during a round table on education during the COVID-19 pandemic. He highlighted graduating seniors, pointing out that they were born in the days after the 9/11 attacks and are now ending their school days during an unprecedented pandemic.
"This generation," Corcoran said, "is the beginning of a great generation, given all they've had to survive."
Planning for the transition to online learning began in early March, when the education department ordered additional servers to handle virtual school programs. Soon after, they launched training courses that teachers could take at their own pace, and they shared best practices for educating children online. Public schools, private schools, and charter schools took advantage of the opportunities.