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Linthicum Calls Out Democrats
SB 223 Targets Private Schools

Sen. Linthicum on Democrats Targeting Private Schools with SB 223 Senator Dennis Linthicum (R-Klamath Falls) issued a statement on SB 223, which he calls a direct attack on private schools through mandatory state registration:

“The state is seeking complete control of Oregon’s private schools with SB 223. The bill claims to allow ‘voluntary’ registration for private and religious schools with the Department of Education. However, it insidiously forbids schools that choose not to register from participating with other organizations that provide accredited interscholastic activities, such as sports, music, vocational training, or apprenticeships.

“Private schools are already accredited, and many private schools out-perform their peers in public schools. SB 223 would allow state bureaucrats and their special interest counterparts to actively hijack local, independent, and community-controlled educational opportunities. Centralized state control would thwart local school board initiatives and squash parental contributions and insight.

“Pressuring private schools to abandon their fruitful endeavors for obedience to the state's one-size-fits-all regimen will dismantle the private, religious, parochial, and charter school paradigms that have been successful in Oregon. The corrosive pressure from the woke-minority of the Democrat-led legislature will undermine scholastic competition, traditional values, and American ideals that have been integral components of our educational heritage.

“I see increased educational opportunities as the solution to Oregon’s failing school performance problem. Parents with genuine concerns need better alternatives for improving the lives of their children, and SB 223 does the opposite by taking school choice options from those parents.

SB 223 has no sponsor. It was introduced by the Senate Committee on Education, chaired by Senator Michael Dembrow (D-Portland).

Senator Linthicum has made it a priority to advocate for school choice and has sponsored three bills this session:

SB 657 increases the percentage of kids who can enroll in virtual charter schools from 3% to 5%.

SB 658 would establish an education savings account program to give low-income families the ability to choose a private school without tax penalties.

SB 659 allows any child to attend any school in the state without the approval of the school board.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-03-23 10:59:36Last Update: 2021-03-23 12:15:08



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