A bill to increase restrictions on online public schools was approved by a key committee in the Oregon Legislature on Feb. 3, despite pleas from parents for exceptions to the proposal, reports the Statesman Journal. House Bill 3660 now goes to the full House for a vote, with a subsequent referral to Ways and Means. The bill makes some changes to the state’s virtual charter school laws, while extending an enrollment freeze enacted by the 2009 Legislature. It calls for more study of virtual schooling, with further legislation in the 2011 session. Backers of the schools say parents should have...

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