City parents boycott state tests

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(Chris Devers/Flickr)

Some city parents are having their children boycott state tests this week, saying state requirements for testing are stressing out their kids.

Parents met at the Bloomingdale Family Program yesterday to say they will refuse to allow their kids to be tested.

Standardized testing for this year started in city schools today.

Parents from 33 schools have told teachers they will not allow their kids to take the tests.

One parent called the testing “child abuse.”

“Why put our children through this exercise? This is surely education malpractice. You can also call it child abuse,” Marco Battistella said. “We have an obligation to protect our children.”

Another parent said her sixth grader complains about the test prep.

“He doesn’t want to go to school anymore,” Evelyn Cruz said.


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