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Knopp, fellow Oregon Senate Republican Caucus members sign ‘Education Freedom Pledge’

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SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Senate Republican Caucus mentioned it “got here collectively in unison to battle for Oregon’s college students and oldsters” on Friday by signing the Education Freedom Pledge.

“The pledge, put collectively by the non-partisan American Federation for Children, promotes insurance policies that help academic alternatives and parental rights in schooling, together with having their voices heard in school board conferences,” in accordance with a information launch from the caucus.

The pledge states: “I pledge to support policies that promote parental rights in education and educational freedom. This includes the right of parents to voice their opinions at school board meetings and to take their children’s taxpayer-funded education dollars to the education providers of their choosing – whether it be a public, private, charter, or home school.”

“Senate Republicans are unified in our support of parents and students in education,” mentioned Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend). “Education is about them and their wants – not the federal government. All college students, no matter ZIP code, ought to have entry to a studying surroundings that works for them.

“Parents ought to have a say in how their kids are taught,” he added. “That will not be controversial, and as a caucus, we gained’t draw back from advocating for daring, actual schooling reform in Oregon.”

Senate Republicans mentioned they had been the primary legislators in Oregon to publicly sign the pledge. As a caucus, they mentioned they “have constantly launched laws to prioritize college students over a failing schooling system in Oregon.”

Last session, Senate Republicans launched laws to extend the variety of college students who legally might attend digital constitution colleges, along with a suite of different college alternative measures. They additionally voted to abolish college district boundaries, which they mentioned “would permit kids to decide on any public college within the state that greatest meets their wants.”

A Senate Democrats consultant had not responded to NewsChannel 21’s request for a remark, however Hannah Kurowski, spokesperson for the House Democrats, supplied this assertion:

“If Republicans actually needed daring schooling reform, I’d ask why all of them voted in opposition to the Student Success Act (SSA), a historic funding that overturned a long time of underfunding. Through the SSA, Oregon colleges and college students obtain $1 billion in funding yearly for improved providers for kids and households. This contains tutorial time, broadening curricular choices, psychological and behavioral well being providers, and help for traditionally underserved communities.”