Just what we need, another revision in the Oregon high school graduation requirements. Another bit of paperwork to add to the mountain already clogging school administration.
The Oregon House has voted in favor of HB 2732. It says that in order to get a high school diploma, students must prove they have applied to a college or the armed forces, or that they have attended an “orientation” regarding apprenticeship or training.
Tobias Read, a Democrat from Beaverton who sponsored this bit of make-work, says it’s intended only to prompt high school students to think of their future. Really. As though their parents if any, or their high school teachers, or their counselors, or their friends, or they themselves were not already worried enough about what they can do after high school in this world of diminished opportunity and more and more red tape.
To their credit, 26 House members voted against this example of legislative busy work. Among them were Andy Olson of Albany and Sherrie Sprenger of Scio.
In the unfortunate event that the measure clears the Senate, the requirement will be easy to fulfill. If you have no plans, just fill out an online application to any community college. But if you don’t plan to go through with it, what would be the point? And if you do, why do you need a law?
One wishes legislators would ask themselves one simple question — “Is this really both necessary and useful?” — before they pass a bill. (hh)