(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Dennis Moss and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners spoke out on Tuesday, May 20, against the controversial Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), passing a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Moss that urges Governor Bush and the state legislature to suspend the existing FCAT policy until a review can be completed to evaluate the impact of the test on disproportionately affected students. The resolution urges the Governor and the legislature to consider other alternatives for determining if students advance to the next grade or graduate from high school.
“A sweeping policy like this that stops almost 4,800 mostly minority children from graduating high school and thousands of third graders from advancing to fourth grade in Miami-Dade County alone has to be re-evaluated,” said Commissioner Moss. “The current FCAT policy will have a profound effect on individuals who are otherwise qualified for college, employment and careers in the military, but will not have access to those benefits because of one test.”
Commissioner Moss will also follow up with a memorandum urging Mayor Alex Penelas to waive the 10-day veto, in order to expedite transmission of the resolution to the Governor, the Florida Senate President, the Florida Speaker of the House and the Chair of the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation.
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