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Palm Beach school district first in Florida to join anti-testing effort



After receiving many complaints from parents about the over-testing of their children, the Palm Beach School Board on Wednesday joined a growing effort to convince state and federal leaders to reduce public schools' over-reliance on high stakes testing.

Palm Beach, one of the nation's 15 largest school districts, becomes the first school board in Florida to join the initiative, which launched in Texas. Others are scheduled to consider the resolution in coming weeks.

"If we get together and take a stand, the state would have to do this," board member Chuck Shaw told the Palm Beach Post. "The time is right."

Rita Solnet, the Boca Raton education activist who brought the idea to the board, was ecstatic over the news.

"I do believe this is a turning point. I truly do," she said in an e-mail to the Gradebook. "Together we can begin to put public education back on track."

Let us know if your districts are taking up the resolution.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:24am]


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