Schools miffed at Regents date change

Some educators said it's likely downstate schools, with poorer graduation rates, pushed for the change.

Multiple attempts to reach an Education Department representative for further comment were unsuccessful. A reporter was, in one instance, told the memo indicating districts had asked for the change was self explanatory.

The memo also authorized schools to cancel classes to administer the exam, but few, if any, local schools will be taking that measure.

"Instructional time is important, and it's not easy to just throw a day away," Kelsey said.

Schalmont will have to hire substitutes and will lose the use of facilities where the testing will be held. Kelsey said an exact cost for the change hasn't been established.

Bethlehem Central School District Superintendent Michael Tebbano said his district would probably spend around $5,000 in various expenses for about 100 students to take the exam. That unbudgeted figure would be higher if most students in advanced classes were taking the test " another 200 pupils. Instead, the school is advising only those students who need the exam in January for graduation take the test, and all others stay in class.

"It saves us a lot of money, because we're not buying and setting up tables in an exam room," Tebbano said, adding, "It's still an imposition."

Most schools are doing the same, but in Shenendehowa the high school is forced to have advanced students wait until the end of the year. Administrators had hoped to have 700 students take the exam, but the district will only receive 150 tests.

"We're only getting a certain number of exams from the state, so the state's going to compel us to restrict the number of students taking the exam anyway," Robinson said.

The rest of Regents testing will continue as scheduled, Jan. 25 to 28. ""

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