The Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, signed a bill last month that drops requirements that high school students must prove proficiency in reading, writing, or math before graduation.
You read that correctly. High school students in Oregon can graduate without being proficient in the core subjects of education.
Senate Bill 744 was signed off by Gov. Brown in July, but wasn’t publicly known because “her office did not hold a signing ceremony or issue a press release.”
Republicans have now come out against the bill while supporters insist these essential skills have been an unfair challenge to students who don’t test well. The deputy communications director from the governor’s office said the new standards are to help benefit “”Black, Latino, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.”
To say this is bigotry feels understated. Communicating to the minority students that they are not smart enough because of who they are is the complete opposite of what the ‘woke’ supposedly stand for.
Tony Katz says parents need to pay attention to their own schools because this is just the beginning. His advice?
“Let’s not be people who allow this. And let’s not buy into the theory that some people because of the color of their skin have a ‘secret knowledge’…”