Now Playing:


local | News | Education

Tuition Bill Flunks Test, Sent Back To Committee

A bill to regulate tuition at Oregon’s public schools was pulled from the House floor Tuesday. It’s being amended to allow more schools to charge tuition.

Initially, House Bill 27-48 aimed to prohibit school districts from charging tuition.

That changed when Portland’s Riverdale School District lobbied to protect its practice of charging out-of-district students nearly $12,000 a year in tuition.

So, the bill was amended to allow school districts that currently charge tuition — to keep doing so.

But some lawmakers objected, arguing the rules should be the same for all districts.

The objections scuttled a scheduled vote and led Republican Rep. Sherrie Sprenger to have the bill sent to the Revenue Committee.

“There is a section in this bill that has created quite a bit of conversation around who can charge tuition.”

Corvallis-area Democrat Sara Gelser sponsored the bill. She says if it survives, all public schools could charge out-of-district students tuition.

That’s the way it is now. But incoming students from poverty would have to be admitted free of charge.


blog comments powered by Disqus

More News

More OPB