Oregon students suffered from Brown-Kotek school closures

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A new report confirms, yet again, what Oregon parents and students already knew: Governor Brown’s mandated school closures, supported by her ally in the House, then-Speaker Tina Kotek, set students back.

As reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive:

“In the latest sign that Oregon children have been failed by leaders and need an intensive educational rescue, new federal test results indicate that the nation’s students experienced staggering instructional setbacks during the pandemic – yet Oregon’s bore an even worse brunt.

“Due to decisions by Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen, local teachers unions and school boards, Oregon’s schools remained fully closed or offered only sporadic in-person learning far longer during the 2020-21 school year than typical U.S. schools.

“During The Oregonian/OregonLive and KGW debate among candidates for governor last week, all three leading candidates said Oregon kept schools closed for too long during the pandemic.”

“Try as they might, Kotek and Johnson won’t be able to re-write their records of failure related to education as voters are already experiencing the unfortunate outcomes of their leadership,” said RGA Spokeswoman Kaitlin Price. “From their votes to extend school closures, to their support for lower standards, Christine Drazan’s opponents won’t be given another opportunity to right their wrongs committed to Oregon students and their families.”