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Re: FCAT Protests Escalate



Any information on whether those 13,000 have fulfilled all the other
requirements for graduation? Art

>>> bobschaeffer@earthlink.net 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
protesters.

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,
meaning
they will not graduate as scheduled. This is the first year that
seniors
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
students.
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
measures.

Bush administration officials have said they won't set aside the
results
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.