February 16th, 2009 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools, Legislature

Education Showdown: Online Charter School and State Ed Department Will Square Off


A long-running battle between advocates for an online charter school and the Oregon Department of Education headed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo (above) has flared up again.

A group of Republican lawmakers released a letter (PDF) today calling on the state Education Department to grant Scio-based Oregon Connections Academy, which serves 2,600 students, a waiver from a law that charter advocates say unfairly penalizes Connections for attracting students from outside the Scio district.

The State Board of Education will consider the waiver request on Thursday, February 19 at 1 pm on the 2nd floor of the Public Services Building, 255 Capitol Street NE, in Salem.
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