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We knew it was on the table, that Florida law says that because a 9-year-old boy who has only a brain stem and not a full brain gets two hours a week of work with a teacher, he had to take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. But didn't it seem like once this story was on the news, someone would do something about it?


State Representative Linda Stewart of Orlando told me she didn’t think that a young boy who can’t tell the difference between an apple and a peach should be taking any test, and tried to get officials in the Education Department to step in to stop the charade of Michael taking a test.

She said nobody did. “Nobody wanted to take the responsibility of stopping it,” she said.

Rick Roach, an Orange County, Florida, school board member who was following Michael’s story, confirmed that Michael was in fact forced to take the test, meaning that a state employee sat down and read it to him, as if he could actually understand it.

I just, I can't even. Oh, and by the way, Michael's "score" on the test will count toward assessing the teacher who spends two hours a week with him.

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