Published: May 02, 2011 8:53 PM EDT
Updated: May 02, 2011 5:53 PM EDT

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida House has passed legislation to expand virtual learning in the state.

The chamber voted 98-19 for the bill (HB 7197) on Monday. It goes to the Senate where an identical measure (SB 1620) is awaiting floor action.

The bill directs the Department of Education to expand online learning options and assist school districts in expanding their virtual education programs. Starting this fall all students entering high school would have to complete at least one online course to graduate. By 2014-2015 all statewide end-of-course tests would have to be taken online.

Another provision would let charter schools offer blended courses of classroom and online instruction.

All House Republicans voted for the bill while Democrats were split.

Supports say it would expand school choice.

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