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Oregon lawmakers get report on virtual schools

SALEM, Oregon — Supporters of the virtual schools program in Oregon are telling legislators how well the program is working.

The virtual public schools program allows students to study at home.

“Digital education allows students to still be a part of the public school system, but to do that via the computer,” Debbie Thibodeaux, president of the Oregon Virtual Public Schools Alliance said.

Thibodeaux explained it’s used by students whose parents move often.  Children who cannot leave home or are taught by their parents.  It includes interaction with teachers.

“Teachers that often do visit students in their home and there are ways that there’s face-to-face connections as well,” Thibodeaux said.

There are more than 8.500 students in Oregon who use the virtual public schools program.

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