State Republicans bank on winning on education wedge issues: school choice, ‘parents’ rights’ – Oregon Capital Chronicle – Oregon Capital Chronicle

by | Oct 21, 2022 | Education

One thing that stuck out to Republican candidate Tracy Cramer in talking to voters in Woodburn, Gervais and Salem recently was how upset parents still felt about how K-12 education was handled during the pandemic. 
She said they were frustrated with long school closures and concerned about some lessons overheard or seen in online classes.
“I can’t believe the amount of parents I’ve talked with who have pulled their kids out of public schools to find alternative sources,” said Cramer, the Republican nominee to represent Oregon’s 22nd House District, which runs from Woodburn through north Salem. 
Tracy Cramer is the Republican nominee for Oregon’s 22nd House District. (Courtesy of  Friends of Tracy Cramer for District 22)
Capitalizing on parent frustration with schools during the pandemic, several Republican candidates are platforming nationwide calls for “parents’ rights” and school choice. They want curriculum posted online and for parents to be able to opt out of certain lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity. Many oppose lessons they feel are too closely tied to critical race theory, an academic framework that looks at the roles of race and racism in U.S. history, law and institutions. They also want taxpayer dollars to flow to private and religious schools.
The candidates hope championing these issues in their campaigns will galvanize voters. It’s a strategy that’s been tested by Republican candidates in oth …

Article Attribution | Read More at Article Source

Share This