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Oregon suspended its requirement that students show a proficiency in 'essential skills' in order to earn a high school diploma late last month
It is an extension of a suspension put in place during the coronavirus pandemic
Proponents argue that ending the requirements will help disadvantaged students who have historically tested poorly
A spokesman for Brown said the suspension will benefit 'Oregon’s black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color'
Opponents say it lowers the state's learning standards
Oregon's Department of Education has until 2022 to come up with new graduation standards
It comes amid a push nationwide to end testing as a requirement of high school graduation