Re: Poor, deprived Americans
"Apparently, in Baltimore and the State of Oregon that statement is law. I've found out recently that those places have taken away basic maths requirements for high school graduation as it's racist and puts "people of color" at a disadvantage."
Nope, this is simply nonsense peddled by right wing "news" outlets (like the Daily Mail) in 2021.
"Oregon state law requires that, in order to obtain a high school diploma, students must obtain at least 24 credits between grades nine and 12, including: at least three credits in math; at least four credits in English; three in science; and three in social science, among other prerequisites. In order to obtain those credits, a student is required to achieve at least a passing grade in each class. SB 744 will not change or remove those requirements.
Although not codified in the same way as a standardized test, passing all those classes and obtaining the 24 credits required to get a high school diploma can quite reasonably be regarded as de facto proof that a student possesses the basic academic competencies at the heart of media coverage of SB 744 in August 2021."
Oregon Senate Bill 744 has three principle effects:
It orders the Department of Education (DOE) to conduct a review of the statutory prerequisites for obtaining a high school diploma in Oregon (including diploma options such as the "modified diploma," "extended diploma" and "alternative certificate"), and to make recommendations by September 2021
It orders the DOE to conduct a review of statewide requirements for demonstrating proficiency in academic areas, with an emphasis on Essential Learning Skills, and to make recommendations by September 2021
It suspends, until the end of the 2023/24 academic year, Essential Learning Skills as a prerequisite for graduation where a student has otherwise met the credit requirements for obtaining a diploma.
This was done after the covid disruption to schools, the "essential learning skills" package was suspended (as explained above) but the existing 24-credit requirement for obtaining a high school diploma remains untouched.
And nowhere is "disadvantage to coloured people" mentioned - this says rather a lot more about you, dont you think?