HB 3363A VOTE: NO
Died In Committee on 06/26/21
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB3363
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/JWM/Overview
This bill establishes Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative work group to develop a process for individuals to apply to become a member of the collaborative.
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This bill basically creates a state-level student collaborative of non-white students to help direct educational policy. Excludes membership of the 85% majority of students in Oregon based solely on their Euro-American ethnicity. Where is the representation for “white” economically disadvantaged?
Student members of the council are entitled to sufficient support to enable participation in collaborative meetings, which may include accommodations, stipends, travel expenses, appropriate technological access and academic credit. The Governor appoints members as a way to promote her agenda in schools, indoctrinating the next generation in socialism through equity justice.
The work group is to ensure that a majority of the student members of the collaborative are from racial and ethnic communities that have been historically underserved; identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or another minority gender identity; are English language learners; and are children with a disability, as defined in ORS 343.035. Ensure that student government organizations and culturally-specific are represented by the student members; and consider the geographic diversity of the student members. The purpose of the collaborative is to serve at the will of the Governor to make recommendations on educational policy, force racial diversity in local public school student government bodies (in a state that is 85% white, and more than that in rural areas), establish “hotlines” to provide students with “supports and resources,” and reimburse Oregon Department of Education for their support of such a council. The council even makes recommendation to the Early Learning Division and the Youth Development Division on education police on racial equity and justice at local level, as if they have expertise.
Passage of this bill would actually codify into law the “systemic racism” that “social justice warriors” claim exists. Fairness in law, employment, education, and every aspect of society can only exist when every individual is treated equally under the same set of laws and policies. Granting an advantage to one group, or disenfranchising another solely on the basis of race, sex, or national origin is not only unconstitutional – have you heard of Brown vs. Board of Education where “separate but equal” was struck down – but it puts the very people it is meant to heal at a disadvantage by creating the illusion that they can’t compete on a level playing field. This is morally and legally wrong, and would further degrade a state-wide school system that consistently fails to prepare students to be independent, productive, contributing members of society.