- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

KENMORE, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York school board has voted to drop a proposal to boycott the state’s standardized tests being given this month.

In a show of opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education policies, the Kenmore-Tonawanda Board of Education voted last month to “seriously consider not administering” the mandatory math and English tests to students in grades 3 through 8 unless school funding changes are made.

But faced with the prospect of losing tens of millions in school aid because of a boycott, the board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to drop the measure. The proposal also would have had the board consider taking student performance on the tests out of the equation for teacher evaluations.

The state tests are scheduled to begin on Tuesday in nearly 700 public school districts across New York.

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