Oregon's Student Success Act was supposed to fix much of the ills of public school — then the pandemic hit


The Student Success Act, which allotted money to school districts for things like more mental health resources, had mixed results due to funds being redirected because of COVID-19. Portland Public Schools increased the number of social workers from 11 to 42, with one in every high school. Elementary schools and middle schools all have qualified mental health providers working at least half time, with many offering reduced ratios of students to counselors. Three certified alcohol and drug counselors were also hired for the district. Thousands of teletherapy sessions were held during the 2020 school year.

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