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Board of Regents Committee Waives Extra Help Requirement
Monday, October 18, 2010
New York schools won't have to offer remediation to tens of thousands of students who failed state exams this year.
So many students did poorly on the tests, after the state made them tougher to pass, that a Board of Regents committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to waive the required remediation. State education officials said they wanted to spare districts the added costs. Only the lowest performers will be given extra help.
Minerva Morales said her son, Kirstian, barely passed last year's English Language Arts Regents exam. Now she's worried he won't get the help he needs. "If he doesn't have this help, being that his self-esteem went down, he'll probably even go down more," she said. "He'll probably go to a one, and maybe next year, they'll have to waste more money on him, helping him to go back to a three."
Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio said the move lets school districts off the hook. "They are not saying you need to give us a plan, you need to show us that you are taking care of these kids who would have been considered failing if the tests scores were accurate," he said.
DeBlasio is urging the full Board of Regents to reject the measure when it meets on Wednesday.