Skip to comments.Students might get reprieve: Thousands who failed tests could still get diplomas
Posted on 05/10/2006 2:25:28 AM PDT by Paddlefish
Thousands of high school seniors, both locally and throughout the state, could receive diplomas if a Superior Court judge's tentative ruling holds up. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman had issued his tentative ruling Monday night. He sided with plaintiffs who claimed the exam is discriminatory because California failed to provide an equal education to every student.
On Tuesday, the Attorney General's Office argued in court that Freedman's plan to prohibit California's high school exit exam from taking effect this year should apply only to the students who filed the lawsuit, not the thousands who failed the exams.
During a hearing on the matter Tuesday, Freedman said he would issue his final ruling Friday. In the meantime, he gave the state's lawyers time to file arguments about which students should be covered by his decision.
He is considering granting a waiver for this year's seniors, the first class required to pass the test to receive a diploma.
School administrators throughout the Inland Empire have been waiting to see whether Freedman's tentative ruling would stand, given the strong objections from such state leaders as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
If the exit exam requirements are tossed, it would mean up to 670 more students at the Ontario-based Chaffey Joint Union High School District could graduate.
District officials say they could easily accommodate the new graduates. This is true, officials said, even though the district is one of the few that was not letting students participate in their graduations if they had failed the exit exams.
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They should award them:
"HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES"
"HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION DIPLOMAS"
Judges don't belong in this area, period. My blood is boiling.
And just think of the lawyer fees that the taxpayers will have to pay.
Sheesh. So what's the point in having a diploma if it means absolutely nothing?
We all get a medal.
We are ALL winners, right?
We waste untold billions sending these idiots on to college where reality sets in, and they drop out in the first year.
But we preserve their 'self-esteem' while they are in high school !
Somebody will have to pick the lettuce when we kick the illegals out.
This reminds me of the Florida judge who ruled that the state's (extremely limited) voucher program was unconstitutional because it allowed some students an alternative to the state's "equal" schools.
Why anyone supports government education is beyond me.
Politicians use judges to make the unpopular decisions. That way they can enact laws popular with group A, while saying to group B "Don't worry about it, the courts will strike it down"
" . . . plaintiffs who claimed the exam is discriminatory because California failed to provide an equal education to every student."
After TWELVE years of schooling, it is concluded that not every student is getting an equal education?
You are correct. No employer should needs to learn that he has hired a dummy who is a high school graduate with a diploma. An attendance certificate would suffice for some low paying entry jobs. So often the law will not allow the employer to FIRE anyone.
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