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Earlier this week, Oregon lawmakers passed a huge education reform package that opens up many new directions for students, including more online classes. One parent says without online classes her kids may have fallen thru the cracks. “This is a historical day for Oregon. We haven’t seen these kind of education reforms in years and years.” Parent Anne Marie Gurney is also a spokesperson for the Oregon Connections Academy, an online school for students. She applauds this new direction for Oregon, saying the reform package adds much more flexibility into the system. In her case, her kids are doing much better with online learning. “I take very seriously that I only have one chance to education my child. They've got to be ready to step into a workforce or going into a college at age 18 and I only have one chance to do that." Gurney says in he past the online school was capped at just 2500 students for the entire state, and Gurney said there was an enormous waiting list of students wanting to join. The new legislation raises the online cap dramatically to 3% of the local school district population.

 

 

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