Parents, educators rally over proposed education plan

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Parents and educators rallied Tuesday to express their concerns over the proposed Every Student Succeeds Act by the New York state Department of Education, saying it is flawed.

They say they were hoping the state was going to create an accountability system that incentivized schools to provide children with a high-quality and well-rounded education. 

Instead, they believe the proposed act doubles down on testing, counts opt-out students as having failed the exams for the purpose of accountability and guarantees the continuation of narrowed test-prep curriculum that they say has spurred the nation's largest test refusal movement.

Those who were unable to attend Tuesday night's meeting can still submit written comments about the proposal, which will be accepted until June 16. After that date, the revised plan will be sent to the Board of Regents in July.

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