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Time for a Timeout for California's High School Exit Exam?

New America Media, Commentary, Karen Bass, Kirk Clark Posted: Jul 06, 2009

Since 2006, all California high school students have been required to pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) in order graduate and receive their diplomas. But with schools facing drastic budget cuts, the state legislature is proposing a four-year moratorium on the exam because of the decreased resources going to schools and students.

New America Media presents a package of stories on the controversial proposal with views both for and against the proposal as well as reactions from parents and school children.

Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass supports the moratorium in an op-ed where she calls for a timeout.

Kirk Clark, executive director of California Business for Education Excellence, thinks suspending CAHSEE would shortchange students and the state.

Parents with children in public school weigh in on the proposal.

Students have mixed opinions about the exit exam. But whether they struggled with it or sailed through it they all agree that it should be postponed forever.



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