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Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bills To Alter High School Exit Exam

Sacrameto, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have given special education students a reprieve from the state´s high-stakes exit exam.

The bill would have implemented a legal settlement between the California Department of Education and the Oakland-based Disability Rights Advocates, which filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of special education students.

The bill sent to the governor by the Legislature differed from the settlement, however, and drew objections from the state´s school superintendent.

Schwarzenegger also vetoed a bill that would have eased the exit exam rules by allowing high school students to graduate without passing the test if they instead passed an alternative performance assessment.