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Principal Backtracks on Punishing Common Core Opt-Outs

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by Perry, Chiaramonte, FOXNews

A California high school where a majority of juniors opted out of Common Core testing has backed off of plans to ban the students from using the school’s parking lot and from taking part in senior class activities after parents and education groups raised a fuss.

C.J. Foss, principal of Calabasas High School in Los Angeles County, last week sent an email to seniors-to-be announcing that certain privileges would be withheld from students who skipped the controversial test, which detractors say is an attempt to nationalize America’s public education system. Although the test, which critics say dictates curriculum, is widely known as Common Core, some states have different names for it. In the Golden State, the test is known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress.

“Senior Activities, Parking, and Off-Campus passes require students to have participated in the CAASP testing (Seniors only), and to have cleared their Service Learning hours from prior years,” read the email sent by Foss.

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