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October 9, 2013

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Tonawanda News — The board also unanimously approved a resolution calling on the state commissioner of education and the Board of Regents to reduce the “over reliance on standardized testing.”

Board President Bob Dana cautioned that the board still stands by its opposition to parents opting out of the tests.

“There is potential we could lose state education funds ... I am not going to put our district at risk. But we are absolutely in favor of getting testing right, not eliminating standardized testing,” he said.

Mondanaro and Board Vice President Stephen Brooks said they also support the measure.

“Some of the tests out there are ridiculous for the age groups, for the time allowed, for the kinds of things they are tested on,” Brooks said. 

Student Services Director Robin Zymroz also delivered a report Tuesday on the official enrollment statistics at the start of this year. The district has 303 fewer students than it did last year, she said, a drop of 2 percent.

“It is down, but not unexpectedly so,” she said.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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