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[Susan notes: Good for Kevin, who brings to our attention a further test atrocity: environmental pollution.]

Published in Sun-Sentinel

To the editor

Gov. Jeb Bush's plan for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test has once again revealed a flaw to me.

I am an eighth-grade student at Westglades Middle in Parkland, and recently took the FCAT. I respect the environment and what keeps it alive. The FCAT, with all of its glorious answer sheets and 87-page test booklet, has amassed a total of 116 pages. That is the Sunshine State Standards alone.

Not only has the FCAT destroyed all that was good in schools, diminished teacher resources, and gotten rid of time that could be used for things worth learning, but the FCAT is taking the environment with it.

Millions of students across Florida have been using their 116-page tests with no chance of their books being recycled. Another "successful"

Republican idea to "test the students of their knowledge" is going to turn the environment into nothing.

Kevin Bandy

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