Students appeal exam ruling
Attorneys for the state, who took Freedman’s ruling to the high court, did not immediately respond to the petition. Department of Education officials said they intended to file briefs in the next few weeks. On May 12, Freedman suspended the graduation requirement for the Class of 2006, saying California was ill-equipped “to adequately prepare students to take the exam,” especially in poor, underfunded areas of the state.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2This year’s senior class is the first required to pass the exit exam to graduate. Lawyers for the students volunteered to submit their briefings as early as today to the Fourth Division of the California Court of Appeals. The high court did not disagree with Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman’s conclusion that the students may have had an unequal education, attorney Arturo Gonzalez said. The justices merely said that Freedman’s remedy – suspending the exit exam – was wrong. The court did not suggest an alternative, but asked the appeals court to work quickly. “Let’s let them graduate while we work out the legal issues,” Gonzalez said. SACRAMENTO – Students who sued the state for discrimination after failing the high school exit exam asked a state appeals court Thursday to immediately hear their claim that the requirement should be suspended so they can graduate this year. The state Supreme Court reinstated the test Wednesday for the Class of 2006, but left it up to the lower appeals court to decide on the merits of their claim that they should earn their diplomas despite failing the test. The plaintiffs, who are still learning to speak English, argued that the exam is discriminatory because all California students do not have equal preparation or instruction. The high court ordered a state appeals court to hold hearings in the case, which affects about 47,000 students who did not pass the English and math portions by March.