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Florida House Democratic leader doubles down on opting out of state tests



Florida Rep. Mark Pafford, leader of the House Democrats, is urging parents to consider taking their children out of the annual spring Florida Standards Assessments.

"I hope every parent begins to take the time to understand how serious this issue is," Pafford said at a recent press availability. "That their children are being subjected to tests that in the end don't amount to much. That the data that comes from those tests are sometimes shared so late it doesn't matter.

"And, frankly... you have to question the purpose of these tests, whether they're being used in the best way for children in advancing the public education system, or whether, in fact, they're being used to create a bastardized type of education system that's dependent on the private sector."

As you might expect, the Opt-Out Florida Network is widely sharing the support of perhaps its most high-profile statewide official. See the video of Pafford's comments on opting out for more.

[Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2016 11:28am]


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