When I ran for the North Clackamas School Board in spring of 2021, I had two goals: opening up our schools for in-person learning and bringing fiscal sanity to the budget. I quickly learned that teachers' unions and their hand-picked Democratic politicians do not like change. My opponent received tens of thousands of dollars from teachers' unions and other special interests. What did they want with that money? The status quo. I wasn't willing to give them that, and I lost.
Elections are illuminating. I have learned that there is a tight fraternity between politicians and teachers' unions. They pat each other on the back and grease palms. Our elected representatives do not have our back. Take Oregon House Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas/Happy Valley. Late last legislative session Rep. Bynum voted for SB 744, which weakened Oregon's public high school graduation standards.
What I find most galling about Rep. Bynum is the fact that she votes to weaken public school standards, but then sent at least one child to an elite private high school. Let me get this correct: Bynum votes to destabilize our public schools, then gets to escape the system because she is wealthy and can send her children anywhere. Oh, what a double standard.
I for one will oppose Rep. Bynum solely because of SB 744. Now I hope she owns up to her hypocrisy and starts putting children first.
Kori Haynes is a resident of unincorporated North Clackamas near Happy Valley.
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