Saturday, May 26, 2007
Basic Skillz R So Imprtont
From WFAA.com: Students who had been planning to walk across the stage at graduation ceremonies this weekend were instead walking a picket line Thursday morning. The Trimble Tech High School seniors marched in front of Fort Worth Independent School District headquarters to protest Wednesday's decision by trustees to bar students who failed the TAKS test from commencement exercises. About a dozen young people, carrying signs and chanting, began picketing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. They represent the 613 Fort Worth seniors who did not pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exam.
School officials said non-graduating seniors will have a chance to take the TAKS test again in July. If they pass, they can participate in a separate commencement exercise in August. The Trimble students said they planned to continue their protest through the day, and may be joined by other students.
If you want to graduate with your class even in light of a basic skills test failure, perhaps you should ensure your sign does not say, "Let Are Kids Walk."