ORLANDO, FL (May 11, 2007)–Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a national leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions, received the 2007 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Education from the United State Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The prestigious USDLA award was presented to FLVS for the school´s development of Virtual School Administrator, an industry-leading performance management tool. In bestowing this award upon FLVS, the school was also recognized for its 10-years of commitment in developing award-winning curriculum and for its contributions to the academic and technological innovations in K-12 virtual education.

"This award is a reflection of the dedicated, talented and committed team at FLVS who work daily to raise the bar and exceed best practice expectations," said FLVS President and CEO Julie Young. "At FLVS we are singularly focused on the need of the students. When courses are updated or systems are enhanced, the question we all ask ourselves is, ?What is the best thing for our students?´ The answer to that question is our focus and contributes to our continued success."

Two top FLVS educators were also recognized for their foresight in promoting the growth and shaping the future of virtual education. FLVS´s Young (Orlando, FL) was elected to the post of President-Elect for USDLA where she will continue her leadership role in shaping policies to foster innovation in education. FLVS Chief Operating Officer Pam Birtolo (Flagler Beach, FL) won her first-term on USDLA´s national board. Upon receiving news of the new USDLA Board members, Birtolo commented, "Throughout my career in education, I have maintained one belief that a quality education stems from a commitment and passion to excellence in learning–something that is best achieved through innovative leaders. I look forward to working with my colleagues at USDLA on developing strategies for how online learning can contribute to the transformation of our education system."

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), a non-profit association formed in 1987, promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Additional information about the association and the 2007 awards can be found online at: www.usdla.org.

About Florida Virtual School

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an established leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students throughout the country. A nationally recognized e-Learning model founded in 1997, FLVS was the country´s first, state-wide Internet-based public high school. Today, FLVS serves middle and high school students with more than 90 courses. FLVS is governed by an independent educational entity with a gubernatorial appointed board and is the only public school where funding is tied directly to student performance. Additional information can be found at www.flvs.net.

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