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Remembering the Missing on Graduation Day

Publication Date: 2003-06-10

Adults and students around the country should "speak out/act out" for the missing on graduation day.

On June 6, 2003, two seniors at the Lincoln-Sudbury graduation remembered the Missing.

Hello, I am Emily Lederman---- and I am Tim Noyes.

We are members of the Class of 2003. We want to first congratulate all the hard-working members of our class, and we want to thank our teachers and parents.

Beyond offering these congratulations and thanks, we feel we need to acknowledge that there is something very different about graduation this
year, and it's not just the move of our graduation ceremony to Featherland.

This is the first year that the state board of education has required the passing of MCAS as a condition for getting a diploma.

As a result of this rule, some 5000 seniors in the state who have fulfilled their school's graduation requirements will not be getting a
diploma. In the City of Boston, these students were not even allowed to
participate in the graduation ceremony.

Of the 5000 being denied a diploma because of MCAS, more than 40% have learning disabilities.

We just want to say that we think this is unfair, because one test or one kind of test is not good enough to judge the accomplishments and
achievements of any high school student, especially those who are disadvantaged or learning disabled.

Students who have worked so hard should not be forgotten. And we want to wish them our sincere congratulations on what should be their own special day.

And we'd like to ask the senior class to rise, as well as all others who wish to, and to join us as we give a standing ovation to all the high school seniors across the state who worked hard and completed the graduation requirements of their schools but will not be getting a diploma

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