Minnesota eases restrictions on free online education

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By Laura Marrinan
The state of Minnesota stopped enforcing a statute that required online schools to go through a drawn out registration process on Friday, according to the Pioneer Press.

The new ease on the 20-year-old restriction comes just hours after the Huffington Post reported Minnesota's Office of Higher Education banning Coursea, an educational database that provides free online courses, a few months ago.

The matter came to the public's attention when Chronicle of Higher Education published an article earlier this week titled, "Minnesota Gives Coursera the Boot, Citing a Decades-Old Law," the Pioneer Press reported. The wording of the statute was quickly confusing people into thinking all free online schooling is banned in Minnesota.

The decision to reduce enforcement on the lengthy registration process was a result of the news of Coursea going viral on Friday morning, the Pioneer Press reported.

Coursea was created to make education more widely available and easier to access, National Public Radio reported. Currently they have over 1.3 million registered students, according to the Huffington Post.

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