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August 28, 2014

At the urging of unhappy parents and educators who say they are fed to the gills with escalating standardized testing mandates, a school board majority voted Wednesday to “opt out” of statewide......

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SKTeuber

Aug-29-14 6:46 PM

If the School Board revisits their vote, citizens should not get angered about it but rather come together to achieve the same result but without putting the students in harm’s way. The steps that I would recommend are as follows:

1) Contact all the other Florida School Boards and show them this plan and asking them to join. (Whether they join or not, we still move forward) 2) Direct the Board Attorney to draft a lawsuit that includes an injunction against the State of Florida from imposing any penalties against the District for opting out.

3) Direct the Supt. to pick nationally normalized, proven tests for K-12 and use the pre and post tests that we already have in the District (paid over $8MM in 2010) for progress.

4) Direct the Supt to eliminate all other tests unless presented and approved by the Board for a specific need.

We can end standardized testing in Florida and still be the lead county, we just need a viable plan and thoughtful execution.

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Callmecrazy

Aug-29-14 9:27 AM

The plan should have been formulated before the decision was made. As a parent I'm appalled that this was handled the way it was.

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votethemout

Aug-29-14 7:56 AM

Students were pawns already. This decision was the right one & a great plan can be formulated over the next few months. Graham needs to get in gear, start working on her plan & stop whining. There is a unique window of opportunity THIS YEAR! Lee County can be a leader in the state & the nation.

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