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Published in Boston Globe
01/31/2004

To the editor



THE Supreme Judicial Court recently upheld the legality of using MCAS exams as a high school graduation requirement ("Students' legal bid vs.

MCAS rebuffed," City & Region, Jan. 28). The court cited the importance of the exams in ensuring teacher accountability and in advancing the cause of "education reform." These seem more like political than legal arguments, but be that as it may.



James Peyser, chairman of the state Board of Education, hailed the victory and told MCAS opponents that they should no longer harbor hopes

that the tests will disappear. Let us all continue to hope that the citizens of the Commonwealth realize that there is a large difference between what is legal and what is sound educational practice and social policy.



Bill Schecter


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