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Blue state suspends basic skills graduation requirement again, citing harm to students of color

High schoolers in Oregon won’t need to demonstrate basic competency in reading, writing or math in order to graduate for at least five more years because, according to education officials, such requirements are unnecessary and disproportionately harm students of color.

“At some point … our diploma is going to end up looking a lot more like a participation prize than an actual certificate that shows that someone actually is prepared to go pursue their best future,” former Oregon gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan told Fox News.

Christine Drazan speaks into microphone while sitting on stage

Republican nominee Christine Drazan speaks during a gubernatorial debate on July 29, 2022. Drazan lost to Democratic candidate Tina Kotek by less than 4% in the November election. (Jaime Valdez/Pamplin Media Group via Getty)

Drazan encouraged concerned parents to plead their case to Kotek’s office, which appoints education board members.

“She needs to make the board more responsive to the concerns of families, students and stakeholders than they are at this point,” Drazan said.

Kotek’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Hannah Ray Lambert is an associate producer/writer with Fox News Digital Originals.

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