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If thousands of kids protesting and lawmakers staying up until all hours trying to hash out workable compromises on testing reform didn't tell you that the state of public education in Colorado is pretty contentious these days, than the abrupt resignation of newly-elected state Board of Education Chair Marcia Neal confirms it.
For months Colorado lawmakers have been struggling to find a legislative compromise that would reduce standardized testing in schools but preserve millions in Federal funding and accountability for educators and students. On Thursday, the wait was over.
Bundled children held signs that bent in the the blowing sleet. They read: “Testing ≠ Teaching,” “School zone … No PARCCing,” “Have you freed a teacher today?” and the Twitter hashtag eponymous, “More than a score.”