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Cuomo says schools with high opt out rates unlikely to face sanctions

Posted by Karen DeWitt on
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

Governor Cuomo says he doubts that there will be  federal sanctions for schools that have high rates of students who boycotted standardized tests this spring.

20% of students statewide boycotted the controversial exams associated with the Common Core learning standards, with higher rates upstate and on Long Island. Federal officials had the power to sanction schools with high opt our rates by withholding funding, and the state’s education commissioner said a few days ago that she was talking to officials and would not rule out the sanctions compete.

But now Governor Cuomo say, as far as he knows,  no schools will be financially punished.

“ I don’t believe there are sanctions for opt outs,” Cuomo said.

And the governor defended parents who chose to have their children skip the tests.

“At the end of the day parents are in charge and parents make the decisions,” he said.

The state education department confirms that there won’t be any sanctions for schools that have high opt out rates. They say federal officials have decided against it, and the state won’t pursue it’s own punishments. 

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