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Dear Mr. President: Please kill the FCAT



If you wrote to the next president, what would you say?

The National Writing Project asked young people to think about that with an initiative called "Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future". And to date 2,500 have responded, including 157 from Florida, including some from the eighth grade American History class at Hudson Middle in Pasco.

One student says the next president should allow gay couples to adopt. One wants more murderers executed. One wants marijuana legalized.

And what would a Florida student's wish list be without a big fat raspberry for the FCAT? "Kids are being pressured and schools are misgraded," writes Ashley P. from Cypress Creek High in Orlando. "Its (sic) obvious that FCAT is not the solution in measuring student abilities, let alone determine there (sic) chance of graduating."

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:02am]


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