The tallies are unofficial, but we are getting a better idea on how New Bedford School Committee members feel about affirming free speech as a fundamental right for members in the educational atmosphere.

Members Josh Amaral and Chris Cotter are crafting a Resolution that guarantees a students, with parental consent to opt-out or refuse statewide standardized tests like MCAS and PARCC, and be able to do so, without negative consequences. Committee member Jack Livramento opposes the measure. Dr. Lawrence Finnerty expresses his view Wednesday April 6, on my Educational Focus.

How do you feel? Should students and/or parents be able to refuse high stakes testing without the school department forcing their will on them?

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