Oregon teachers union criticizes Gov. Brown's new school metrics

Oregon Education Association President John Larson is speaking out against the changes.

Posted: Oct 30, 2020 4:38 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2020 4:52 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hours after Gov. Kate Brown released new, relaxed rules for bringing students back to the classroom, the Oregon Education Association is speaking out against the changes. OEA is a union that represents roughly 44,000 educators throughout the state.

Under the new metrics, close to 130,000 students will be eligible to return to the classroom, despite recent record high daily COVID-19 numbers in the state. In a press conference on Friday, Brown cited ongoing struggles caused by distance learning, including women disproportionately taking on added child care responsibilities and lack of internet access for some communities.

OEA President John Larson issued the following statement:

"Nobody wants to get students back to the classroom more than Oregon's educators, but the process to bring those students back must be thoughtful and deliberative. The Governor's decision to hastily implement new, relaxed, metrics will only serve to further disrupt education for students, families, and educators throughout Oregon — allowing districts to bring students back to the classroom before it is safe to do so and increasing the likelihood that our schools and communities will again be forced to lock down in the future.

"Now is the time for Oregon leaders to focus on taking strong steps to reduce the ever-climbing community spread of COVID-19 in our state and put in place safeguards that will keep our most at-risk community members safe."

Community spread is when cases cannot be traced to a source.

The new metrics are effective immediately.

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Cases: 175592

Reported Deaths: 2460
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Jackson9938127
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Deschutes717272
Linn417563
Yamhill411675
Klamath349059
Polk345752
Malheur342858
Josephine306662
Douglas304965
Benton273318
Jefferson207332
Coos197831
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Union141624
Lincoln130520
Wasco129928
Hood River112729
Morrow107915
Clatsop8998
Crook88119
Baker86114
Curry5959
Tillamook5823
Lake4137
Grant4124
Harney3066
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam561
Wheeler251
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Cases: 3720901

Reported Deaths: 61045
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San Bernardino2948834556
San Diego2751123674
Orange2690364896
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Kern1078791322
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Fresno1006211646
Alameda854811477
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San Joaquin715271334
Contra Costa67101782
Stanislaus605131030
Tulare49414831
Monterey43267357
San Mateo41201560
San Francisco36073525
Santa Barbara33913446
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Sonoma29715311
Imperial27991719
Kings22777245
Placer21878283
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Madera16277239
Santa Cruz15615204
Marin13865226
Yolo13562200
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Tuolumne408164
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Amador362746
Humboldt362138
Lake341343
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