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Lee County votes to opt out of statewide tests, Common Core



The following is from the Fort Myers News-Press:

Lee Schools made history Wednesday night when they voted to become the first school district in the state to opt out of all statewide, standardized tests.

"Sometimes it takes an act of civil disobedience to move forward," said board member Don Armstrong. "We cannot allow the fear to hold us back."

The motion passed three to two with the support of board members Armstrong, Tom Scott and Mary Fischer. The decision was received with overwhelming cheers and applause in the packed auditorium of opt-out supporters who donned red in an act of solidarity.

Fischer, who was initially reluctant to support the vote, served as the vote's tie breaker.

"No matter what else is going on, teachers go on and they teach the students," she said. "If this is our window of opportunity, I hope we make the best of it."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:06pm]


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