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Albuquerque School Board Refuses To Pay State $1.4 Million For PARCC Standardized Test

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Albuquerque Public Schools won't be reimbursing the state education department for this spring's PARCC testing costs.

The school board voted 4-3 on Wednesday night to hold back the $1.4 million reimbursement after audience members at the meeting voiced opposition to PARCC and the new teacher assessments that are partially based on them.

School board members didn't explain their votes. Superintendent Brad Winter and several board members couldn't be reached for comment.

Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera told The Associated Press on Friday that the district has a responsibility to pay its bills and that there's an expectation for school board members to abide by state and federal laws.

She says she's baffled by the board's decision and that her office is looking at its options.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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