Commentary: Oregon should lose charter restrictions (May 11, 2022)


May 11, 2022

By Dr. Eric Fruits

This week is National Charter Schools Week.

Oregon passed charter school legislation in 1999, and today, families can choose from more than 130 charter schools for their students.

During the pandemic, enrollment in online charter schools skyrocketed and interest remains strong. So much, in fact, that many charters now have a waiting list. But, why are there waiting lists?

Simple. The legislature set an arbitrary cap on the number of students that can be enrolled in charter schools. That cap stands in the way of many students enrolling in charters.

The entrenched public e...

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