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400 testify against Montana testing bill

Hundreds of people came out Monday to oppose a bill to require Montana’s home school and private school children to take state standardized tests that are currently required in public schools.

Sen. Don Ryan, D-Great Falls, said Senate Bill 276 would protect children who are home schooled by inadequate and possibly abusive parents while “putting everyone on Only he spoke in favor of the bill in front of the Senate Education Committee.

“I, ladies and gentleman, am not opposed to home schooling,” Ryan told the crowd of adults and children packing the Old Supreme Court Chambers and standing in the gallery. “Testing will raise expectations for all students and will ensure no student slips through the cracks.” Read more…

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