The Oregonian reports:

Citing Oregon’s track record of holding charter schools accountable for results, the U.S. Department of Education gave Oregon a $9.5 million grant Thursday to help spawn more charter schools across the state.

Oregon is one of five states chosen in the latest round of federal grants to aid charter schools, which are public schools that are free to break the mold and offer distinctive programs under a contract, or charter, with their local school board.

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