It’s not easy being illiterate
Civil rights leaders urged Florida students to skip school to protest the graduation exam, and the state reading test used to qualify for promotion to fourth grade.
”I’m hoping the governor will realize that it’s hard enough being black in America today,” said state Sen. Frederica Wilson, who believes the policy disproportionately falls upon minorities. “For children without a diploma, it will be triply hard.”
For children who can’t read, write and calculate, it’s no picnic either.
Gov. Jeb Bush announced students who fail the graduation exam can earn a diploma if they “pass” the SAT or ACT college-entrance exams. No word on what it means to pass these tests. As Kim Swygert writes, students who can’t pass Florida’s exam in six tries aren’t likely to ace the SATs.