RI ACLU Takes Legal Action Against Ed. Board for a 3rd Time

Sep 16, 2013

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up the heat in its opposition to the NECAP test as a requirement for high school graduation. The ACLU has filed a third legal action against what it calls a lack of process in retaining the controversial test.

For the third time in less than two months, the ACLU of Rhode Island has taken legal action against the state Board of Education for violating open government laws in dealing with the NECAP test.

ACLU Exec. Dir. Steve Brown, left, wants a public debate on the NECAP graduation requirement.
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The ACLU claims 4,000 high school seniors are at risk of not graduating because of the high stakes test.

ACLU director Steven Brown says the Board violated the open meetings law last week when it voted in secret to reject a petition urging reconsideration of the NECAP test requirement.  “They were entitled to reject the petition. They were not entitled to reject it and discuss in a closed session,” said Brown.  “And that is what this latest legal action is about.”

The lawsuit expands on one filed in July which claimed the Board of Education failed to act on the NECAP petition within the required 30 days.

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