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Friday, February 07, 2014

The state of Florida is requiring that a disabled, dying 11-year-old boy complete a standardized test. Ethan Rediske, who was born with cerebral palsy and has severe brain damage, has been in hospice care for the past month and is likely nearing the last days of his life. His parents could ignore exemption requirements, but if they do not go through the proper channels, Ethan's special education teacher will likely be penalized -- something the family does not want to happen. "They're asking him questions about the way a peach tastes, and he's fed through a tube in his stomach, and he will never taste a peach. They ask him about shoes and staplers and alarm clocks and school buses. Ethan doesn't interact with any of those things," said his mother, Andrew Rediske.

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Well, she doesn't HAVE to. But if she doesn't the teacher they are very fond of will have it count against her.

#1 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2014-02-07 12:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

He's screwed...this is going to go on his permanent record.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-02-07 12:43 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

There comes a time to write "go f*** yourself" on a test, sign it, and submit it.

I think poor Ethan should do this if that's what's required to keep his teacher from suffering.

#3 | Posted by tor at 2014-02-07 02:20 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The real question is how can the RW find a way to blame this on Obama?

#4 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2014-02-07 02:21 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

RE # 4

The kid is another victim of Obummercare, of course!

And as we all know it will LITERALLY kill women, children and senior citizens.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-02-07 02:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

This isn't Obama's Fault ... it's part of W's No Child Left Behind ....

which is a big load of festering crap. How each state handles if's K-12 education should be left to that state, not some check list foisted off on the states by the Feds.

#6 | Posted by ReagansNads at 2014-02-07 02:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

The real question is how can the RW find a way to blame this on Obama?

Ethan Rediske, who ... has severe brain damage,

Obviously, Obama is forcing the test on the kid to disqualify him for what would be an obvious career choice - Tea Party candidate.

#7 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-02-07 02:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

The State of Florida can thank (strangle) Jeb Bush for this cluster of an educational system.

#8 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2014-02-07 02:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

The real question is how can the RW find a way to blame this on Obama?
#4 | Posted by WhoDaMan

Democrats are responsible for the failing Education system. Obama is the number one Democrat.

You asked.

#9 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-02-07 04:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

Democrats are responsible for the failing Education system.

Oh you know it's been a bi-partisan effort. Or are you going to stick to your hackery?

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-02-07 04:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

For the sake of the teacher, I think he should sign his name and turn it in. But what are they going to do.. take his birthday?

#11 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-02-07 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Democrats are responsible for the failing Education system. Obama is the number one Democrat.
You asked.

#9 | POSTED BY LASTAMERICAN

This was a local decision, as far as I can see, and I think Florida is being governed by Republicans at the moment.

#12 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2014-02-07 06:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

#12 | POSTED BY WHODAMAN

Sorry, but you're on the wrong side of that argument.

#13 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-02-07 07:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

The State of Florida can thank (strangle) Jeb Bush for this cluster of an educational system.
#8 | Posted by gracieamazed

They can also thank George W. Bush for NCLB and the ridiculous over-emphasis on standardized testing.

No Standardized Testing Company Left Behind!

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-02-07 08:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

#14 Because there is a little known about Bush brother who after getting out of prison developed the FCAT program that Jeb Bush bought for the school systems. The FCAT begins terrorizing kids in kindergarten. A week of no outside play, meals in classroom and inside voices at all times because the third graders life is in the line, they are taking the FCAT.

#15 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2014-02-08 09:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

The tone of some of these comments makes me wonder if some of you guys are totally opposed to the concept of standardized testing.

#16 | Posted by sentinel at 2014-02-08 09:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

"This isn't Obama's Fault ... it's part of W's No Child Left Behind .... "

Look, I'm probably the biggest critic of NCLB on here, but we cannot blame this purely on Bush. Congress voted this festering heap of maggots into reality. Yes, Bush pushed it, made it a signature piece of legislation, but it's hardly all his fault.

That said, the degree of testing and the requirements attached thereto are indeed local and state matters. Blaming Bush or even the Congress for this is like blaming the Pentagon when the captain of a unit directs his men to burn down a village of innocents.

#17 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-02-08 10:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

17: I meant George, not Jeb. That may not have been clear.

#18 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-02-08 10:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

And regardless, this is horrifying. This is clearly a case where an exemption is warranted. The SPED teacher's director and superintendent need to go to bat for her and the child.

#19 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-02-08 10:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

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