1 virtual charter school OK'd; 4 rejected

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Florida State Board of Education has approved one virtual charter school application but rejected four others. 

The board, meeting in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, overruled the Palm Beach County School District's denial of an application for The Florida Virtual Academy at Palm Beach County. 

The panel, though, agreed with the Palm Beach district's denial of a second virtual charter and Miami-Dade County School District's rejection of three other applications. 

In each case the board affirmed recommendations from the state's Charter School Appeal Commission. 

The applications were among the first submitted under a 2011 state law allowing online charter schools. 

At least two virtual charters are expected to open this fall -- the one in Palm Beach County and another in Volusia County.

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