According to the Oregonian, online charter schools can operate in Oregon only under severe restrictions, including limits on enrollment and securing permission from each local school district before enrolling students, the state Board of Education decided March 13. Two national companies—Insight Schools, based in Portland, and K-12, based in Virginia—want to open large online schools that would enroll students from across the state and teach them using lessons delivered via computer to the students’ homes. They would collect roughly the same $6,000 per student of state money that bricks-and-mortar schools do. The state school board, which had the power to kill the idea or open the door wide, was lobbied heavily by both backers and opponents of statewide cyber schools. After more than six months of deliberation, it offered a compromise March 13, allowing the schools to open but keeping them small and forcing them to jump through certain hurdles…
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