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New Restrictions on Tennessee's Online Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Haslam is proposing legislation that would place stricter enrollment requirements on online public schools established in Tennessee.

The administration bill would cap student enrollment at a so-called virtual school at 5,000 students, and initial enrollment would be limited to 1,500, depending on the school's performance.

According to the bill, if a school meets state guidelines for "student achievement growth," then it may exceed the initial enrollment limit.

The measure would cap enrollment at Union County's rapidly growing online public school run by K12 Inc., the nation's largest publicly traded online education company.

Last year, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman called first-year test results at the Union County school "unacceptable."