Democratic Oregon gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek does not say whether she fully supports teaching critical race theory and gender-related topics in public schools.
Fox News Digital reached out to Kotek’s campaign to see where the former Oregon House of Representatives speaker stands on these topics, asking how much she thinks they should be taught to public school children, but didn’t. did not receive a response.
A recent Fox News poll found that more than two-thirds of voters in the United States oppose public elementary schools teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity, and more than half oppose teaching it in colleges.
Last year, a Fox News analysis found that the teaching of critical race theory in schools played a major role in the election of Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin in Virginia, a Democratic-leaning state that does not hadn’t elected a Republican to statewide office in over a decade.
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While Kotek’s stance was unclear on how far she would go to support the teaching of critical race theory and gender-related subjects in schools, earlier this year she answered a question from a local news outlet on whether racism was “embedded in the legal systems and policies of the United States and Oregon” and whether she thought “teachers should be allowed to say it in the classroom.”
“I love being an Oregonian and an American. I think you can cherish where you live while recognizing when people have promoted [or still promote] things that hurt, belittle or exclude others. Our schools should teach our country’s history in an honest and factual way, because learning from our past allows us to form a more perfect union,” Kotek replied without explicitly stating what she was arguing.
Additionally, as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, Kotek voted for a bill that would direct the state’s Department of Education to convene an “advisory group to develop academic standards statewide ethnic standards to be adopted into existing statewide social studies standards for public kindergarten through 12th grade.” as well as legislation that directed the “State Board of Education to review social studies standards”.
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Kotek has also previously voiced her opposition to legislation banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports, telling the same local outlet who asked her about critical race theory that it was a distraction for politicians to lobby. for such policies.
“I believe in helping all children be themselves. Unfortunately, some politicians are rushing to stigmatize vulnerable trans children in order to divide people and distract us from the real issues,” Kotek told local media.
“When we talk about our trans community, we should be talking about how to prevent attacks against trans people, especially trans women of color, who are more likely to be attacked. As other politicians strive to harm the LGBTQ+ community, I’m going to focus on the work that matters: making sure all Oregonians are safe and protected,” she added.
Fox News Digital also reached out to the campaign of Kotek’s Republican opponent, former state Rep. Christine Drazan, and received a statement from communications director John Burke lambasting Kotek, as well as the current Democratic Oregon Governor Kate Brown for pushing policies, he said. contributed to learning losses and lower academic achievement.
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“Tina Kotek and Kate Brown have closed Oregon schools longer than almost any other state, weakened education standards, and imposed radical political agendas on our children. As a result, Oregon students have suffered staggering learning losses that were entirely preventable as elected leaders put politics before academic achievement,” Burke said.
“Schools should be places where children learn to think, not what to think. Unlike Tina Kotek, Christine Drazan believes we need to remove politics from the classroom, restore high standards in schools and ensure that all children the opportunity to receive the best possible education,” he added.
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Fox News’ Power Rankings rated the Oregon governor’s race as a throw.
Election day is set for Tuesday, November 8.