Empowerment at its best! Students are creatively working together to solve a very real problem. Teachers have long been fighting this battle, but when the students, who are the most impacted, stand together, that changes the landscape. WTG!!!
In a big victory for the Providence Student Union, the Rhode Island House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a three-year moratorium on the use of a high-stakes graduation test. The vote was 63-3. A similar bill was passed earlier by the State Senate. The legislation now goes to Governor Lincoln Chafee.
The PSU engaged in numerous acts of political theater to demonstrate their opposition to the use of a standardized test as a graduation requirement. They held a “zombie march” in front of the Rhode Island Department of Education, they invited accomplished professionals to take a test composed of released items from the NECAP test (60% failed), they delivered a “state of the student address,” and they found many other creative ways to dramatize their cause. They proved to the world that kids today are amazing!
The Providence Student Union issued this statement:
“Today, the Rhode Island House of Representatives…
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