By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
$26 million of Covid Federal funds have been spent to enroll nonexistent students in near-empty classrooms.
Oregon’s Early Learning Division billed the Federal government $26 million for mostly students who didn’t exist as a way to pay for existing school school staff. Because Oregon’s school closures were so harsh and so long, many students simple stopped attending. In the Portland area, some schools saw enrollment drop between 10% and 40%. Many parents rushed to send their kids to home-schools options or charter schools. One estimate had new attendance in charter schools in Oregon as rated as the 4th highest increase in the nation.
(source: KATU 9/28/22)