Fla. law allows some students with disabilities to opt out of tests

06/30/2013 | Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Florida Gov. Rick Perry on Friday signed a bill that will give parents of students with disabilities more control over their children's education, including allowing them to exempt students from state tests and requiring their consent before students are placed at special-education centers. Proponents of the law say it empowers parents in negotiating with school districts, but some advocates argue that certain provisions, such as the testing clause, eliminate important "checks and balances" on the progress of students in special education.

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