We must, we must, we must . . .

23 10 2006

While many past education debates have dissolved into intangible issues of school finance, the testing critics believe that the issue may sway larger numbers of voters because the tests are having such pronounced and immediate effects on children.

“We have third-grade children who have been retained so many times they are wearing brassieres in the third grade,” said Florida state Sen. Frederica Wilson, one of the leaders of the anti-testing movement here.

“When parents are dealing with children vomiting on the morning of the tests and seeing other signs of test stress, they’re going to be motivated at the voting booth,” said Gloria Pipkin, the president of a testing watchdog group, the Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform.
“Texas and Florida are the poster children for excessive testing, and we’re seeing an enormous backlash.”


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