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Oregon bill upsets virtual-school advocates


A bill in the Oregon state Senate proposes restrictions on Oregon’s blooming virtual charter school industry, pitting the state’s most powerful education organizations against online schools and parents, reports the Oregonian. In its latest version, Senate Bill 767 calls for a two-year moratorium on the expansion or creation of virtual charter schools until a work group can study the best policies for regulating them. On a 3-2 vote, the Senate education committee sent the bill to the rules committee, where it awaits action. Education groups say the bill offers a reasonable compromise, but some virtual schools say the moratorium would force them to close because their contracts for renewal expire June 30, 2010. Virtual-school backers say that if they cannot get some concessions to keep the schools open, they will try to kill the bill on the Senate floor…

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