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Teachers' union president calls for reduced emphasis on Regents exams

John Hildebrand,
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Melinda Person, president of the New York State United Teachers union, recently said in a public statement that students should be allowed “multiple pathways” to graduate — an approach that, logically, could leave Regents exams as options rather than requirements. Students currently must pass at least four exams to earn diplomas.

“Simply put, we need more teaching, less testing,” the union chief declared in a Sept. 20 op-ed published by Newsday. She went on to say “there should be multiple pathways to a diploma and more than one way to measure student learning.”

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