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Re: FCAT Protests Escalate
- To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: FCAT Protests Escalate
- From: "Art Burke" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 09:18:52 -0700
Any information on whether those 13,000 have fulfilled all the other
requirements for graduation? Art
>>> firstname.lastname@example.org 05/22/03 05:08AM >>>
FCAT PROTEST IN HOMESTEAD BECOMES UNRULY; MINOR DAMAGE REPORTED
The Associated Press -- May 22,2003
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - A protest of the controversial Florida Comprehensive
Achievement Test by about 200 people turned unruly, forcing police to
step in and restore order.
No arrests or injuries were reported during Wednesday morning's protest
at Homestead High School, although two vehicles were damaged by
Several students took their protest onto a nearby street, but were
eventually brought back to school by Miami-Dade Schools Police and
Homestead Police officers.
Nearly 13,000 of Florida's 12th-graders haven't passed the FCAT,
they will not graduate as scheduled. This is the first year that
have been required to pass the FCAT before graduating.
Some of South Florida's black community leaders and legislators have
announced plans for multiple protests, including a "moving protest"
Thursday where they will make about a 20-mile drive through Miami's
streets, ending at Florida International University, where a
demonstration is scheduled.
The protest organizers denounce the FCAT as unfair to minority
They want Gov. Jeb Bush to put aside the consequences for students who
failed this year's test and re-examine the FCAT policies.
The protesters are calling for boycotts of the Florida Lottery, the
state's citrus industry and its major theme parks, among other
Bush administration officials have said they won't set aside the
and the governor has criticized the protesters, noting that scores have
gone up since the test was started in 1998 and minority students have
made some of the biggest gains.