Oregon House votes down charter schools bill

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon House has voted down a controversial bill expanding access to online charter schools.

Lawmakers split 30-30 on Monday in a vote that did not follow party lines. The bill requires 31 votes to pass.

The House took a brief break so lawmakers could reconsider their options, and several reserved the right to call for a new vote on the issue.

The measure is among the most controversial of 14 education bills scheduled for House and Senate votes on Monday. It's opposed by interest groups representing school districts and teachers. They argue that the tax dollars shouldn't go to for-profit companies that offer education over the Internet.

Supporters say the bill would provide more families with access to alternative forms of education that might work better for their students.