Taxpayer Association of Oregon
During the pandemic, charter schools proved to be more adaptable to online learning, helping to keep students engaged. Because they were so successful they have become a more popular choice for parents — but statewide limits block availability to these popular schools.
In House Education, Representative Weber introduced an amendment to HB 2945, a bill to institute a weighted lottery for underserved students when the number of applicants to a public charter school has exceeded it’s enrollment capacity.
The amendment that was introduced go further, providing an increase to 4%, from the current cap of 3%, for virtual public charter schools.
The COVID-19 shutdown found any families opting to enroll their children in Oregon’s virtual public charter schools. Unfortunately, many school districts had hit or exceeded the 3% enrollment cap. While there is an appeals process if a student is denied enrollment due to the cap, the agencies took a knee jerk reaction, not allowing any transfers upon appeal in 2021.
HB 2945 was held over for a possible work session this Thursday at 1pm.