Fla. school tells students to drop online classes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's main online school is telling worried parents and students that they aren't about to get charged for failing to complete courses.

A charter school in Fort Myers sent out letters earlier this month telling students they would have to pay $425 if they failed to complete courses at Florida Virtual School. The letter from Gateway Charter School linked the penalty to recently passed legislation.

FVS officials called the letter "threatening" and false. They have complained to the Department of Education.

A spokeswoman for Charter Schools USA which operates the school says the letter was sent in "error." She says it only went to 25 students.

But FVS officials say in the last few weeks nearly 60 students attending Charter Schools USA schools in the state have dropped online courses.

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