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Another Florida school district joins anti-testing movement

With Teacher Appreciation Week as a backdrop, the St. Lucie School Board on Tuesday unanimously adopted the national resolution that urges state and federal lawmakers to reduce the emphasis placed on the testing of students.

St. Lucie superintendent Michael Lannon said he, board members and teachers independently came up with the idea of moving ahead on the topic, which has been on their minds for years. 

"We have been discouraged from doing this," board member Kathryn Hensley said after the vote. "Phone calls have been made. It seems to be politically unpopular. This board takes a stand for things that are right. We will try to get other districts to follow a like course."

Teacher Diane Hanfman, who read the resolution into the record, joined loud applause in cheering the board vote.

"Thank you," she said, "for allowing me to have the most significant moment of my education career."

District spokeswoman Janice Karst said St. Lucie, as many other district, has had an ongoing concern over the amount of money being spent on standardized testing, the FCAT in particular. "Each one of the points there" in the resolution, she said, "our board stands in 100 percent support."

Any word on other districts taking up the resolution?

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 1:46pm]


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