Florida Virtual School (FLVS) announced the recipients of the 2011 Education Leadership Award, an annual award presented to public officials who have made exception contributions to online K-12 education policies, as Senator Anitere Flores, Senator David Simmons, Representative Denis Grimsley and Representative Kelli Stargel.

“Florida Virtual School is thrilled to name Senators Flores and Simmons and Representatives Grimsley and Stargel as recipients of the 2011 Education Leadership Award,” said Julie Young, President and CEO of Florida Virtual School.

Young adds, “As true advocates of innovative learning solutions, these individuals have been champions of online learning throughout the state this year and are very deserving of this award. In the ever-changing, ever-growing educational landscape, we are so grateful for supporters who bring us one step closer to our vision of transforming education worldwide, one student at a time.”

The recipients offered a few comments about the award. Senator Anitere Flores said, “It is an honor to receive this year’s Florida Virtual School Education Leadership Award. Digital and online learning extends the reach of Florida’s excellent teachers by offering high-quality and cutting-edge technology-based curriculum that is customized to the student’s learning needs.”

“I’m honored to receive this award, and I thank Florida Virtual School for their leadership in helping to deliver quality education to Florida’s students. I look forward to our continued partnership as we work [toward] improving the delivery of education while making gains nationally,” said Representative Denis Grimsley.

Representative Kelli Stargel comments, “I am grateful to receive this honor and happy to fight the cause of Florida Virtual School. Our virtual school district is a model for the nation and fills a tremendous need in our state educational system. Florida Virtual School provides a great value to our community, opening doors to both students and parents that otherwise would never be offered.”

For more information, visit www.flvs.net.

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