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AJC: Teachers and testing foes get a win under the Gold Dome

Tuesday, March 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Meg Thornton
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By Ty Tagami - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Opponents of testing in public schools celebrated Tuesday when the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation reducing the importance of test results and cutting the amount of time students must sit for exams.

“It’s a big win for educators, students and parents,” said Margaret Ciccarelli, the chief lobbyist for Georgia’s biggest teacher advocacy group, after the House’s 172-0 passage of Senate Bill 364. Her group, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, has more than 90,000 members, and many of them carpet-bombed lawmakers with emails and phone calls demanding a rollback in testing.

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