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Loophole Allows K-12 Dollars To Fund First Year Of College


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A charter school in Medford is the latest school to take advantage of a loophole in state law. The loophole allows money designated for Oregon public schools to go towards paying for a first year of community college for seniors who defer graduation and stay on for what is technically a fifth year of high school. It’s unclear exactly how many students are using this option, but several other schools around the state already encourage students to do so.

Oregon State Senator Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin) told the Mail Tribune he believes the people using this loophole are sincere in their efforts, but he has concerns about diluting money designated for K-12 education. 

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