Tuesday, May 09, 2006

CA judge: Illiterates should graduate
California high school exit exam in limbo

ALAMEDA, May. 9 (UPI) — California's statewide high school exit exam was in legal limbo Tuesday, after a judge ruled minorities and the poor don't receive the same education.

Late Monday, Alameda Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman issued a preliminary injunction that would allow students -- some who were retaking the examination Tuesday -- to graduate this year if they've met all requirements for graduation other than passing the test of basic math and English skills. [Ed. – See, passing those ‘self-esteem’ and ‘multiculturalism’ courses we’re important, after all]

The suit against the state alleges the exit exam is unfair because students who are poor, ethnic minorities or not native English speakers go to schools with fewer resources. [Ed. – Well, at least that’s one document – a high school diploma – some undocumented immigrants will have]

Freedman ordered lawyers for both sides back to argue their cases Tuesday, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Jack O'Connell, the state superintendent of schools who wrote the legislation creating the exit exam as a state senator in 1999, vowed not to back down, saying California will appeal an unfavorable ruling.

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
H. G. Wells


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