Alachua County Schedules FCAT During Passover
Published March 5th, 2014
GAINESVILLE- With spring here that only means one thing, FCAT testing, and some parents in Alachua County think that the school board needs a lesson in religious diversity.
At last night's school board meeting, two parents complained that the FCAT standardized test has been scheduled for many students the week of Passover.
The parents felt this was insensitive and hurt their child's chances to do well on the test since they would be focused on the week long Jewish holiday.
Early this year one school's "open house" was held on the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.
One parent, Marci Monchek, attended the meeting and let her thoughts be heard saying "I am disappointed in the school system for telling my daughter twice in the same school year that she's different because of her religious practices. And there are negative consequences for being different."
Each school district has a limited window to schedule the FCAT tests.
One board member said the state forced Alachua county to schedule the tests for Passover, although the state website indicates at least a two week window from which to choose the dates.
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