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School graduates in the U.S. no longer need to be able to read and count

The governor of Oregon has signed a law that will allow schools to graduate students who can't read, write or do the math. That's what Oregon Live reports.

Earlier this summer, Democratic Governor Kate Brown spoke out against a plan to repeal the requirement for school graduates to prove required academic skills, which was passed by state lawmakers. But on July 14, she signed Senate Bill 744 into law.

The governor's decision, contrary to current practice, was not honored with a public signing ceremony, and the governor's press office issued no official statement on the matter. The decision only surfaced two weeks later, when the law was introduced in the state legislature. Attempts by reporters to get an official comment from Governor Brown were ignored.

Charles Boyle, the governor's deputy communications representative, said the state chief's office notified legislative staff the same day the bill was signed.

Boyle said the suspension of the reading, writing, and math requirements is a temporary measure while the state develops new standards for graduates.

“The suspension will benefit blacks, Hispanics, Native Oregonians, Asians, Pacific Islanders, tribes, and students of color,” Boyle said.

Democrats in the Legislature overwhelmingly supported eliminating the knowledge requirement, while Republicans criticized it for lowering academic standards.

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