Rochester: Parents Lower the Boom on School Testing

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CN) – Parents who think standardized tests are a waste of time filed a federal class action against New York and their son’s school, which punished him for refusing to take a test, as his parents instructed.

They sued the state, its Department of Education, the Rush-Henrietta Central School District and School Board, its superintendent and the principal of Burger Middle School.

The Barbers say they told their son’s school by letter that they did not want him to take the test. But not only did the school punish him for being “insubordinate,” it called the sheriff’s office to send officers to a ball field to be sure he did not play baseball while the school was punishing him, the parents say in the complaint.

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