Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill allowing students to graduate high school without standard proficiency in reading, writing, and math.
Senate Bill 744 is an extension of education legislation enacted at the beginning of the pandemic, which will be implemented for the next five years. The new changes lower graduation standards by omitting them entirely in an effort to aid academically struggling minority students. A section of the legislation suggests intentions “… to reduce disparities and to ensure that every student will be on track to earn one of the high school diplomas.”
Among Oregon lawmakers, the bill was controversial, and Governor Brown did not express support or oppose to the bill after it passed in the assembly. When she enacted it on July 14th, she did not hold a public signing nor did her office release an announcement—blaming it on a technical error. Public news of her signing was not updated on the state legislature’s site until July 29th. Brown has yet to make a statement regarding SB744 since the atypical and surreptitious signing.
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