Deal Vetoes Test Choice Bill

For the second year in a row, Ga. Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed a bill that would allow students to opt out of taking take standardized state tests without being punished by the schools. The bill also encourages state and local school boards to let students take the tests with paper and pencil rather than on a computer. Deal said local school districts currently have the flexibility to determine opt-out procedures for students who cannot, or choose not to take the tests. He does not see a need to impose an additional layer of state-level procedures.