- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are promoting a bill that seeks to ensure that parents can let their children sit out of standardized tests.

The measure would mandate that a school has to excuse a student from a test if a child’s parent or guardian submits a written request. Assistant Democratic House Leader Sara Gideon of Freeport, who’s sponsoring the bill, says putting the rights of parents into law is important to eliminate any confusion.

Gideon joined other lawmakers, parents and students to highlight the bill at the Statehouse on Thursday. She says in a statement that it’s time for Maine to have a conversation about the “sheer number of tests our kids are taking” and their effectiveness.

The measure has not yet had a public hearing.

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