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Gwinnett testing scheduled for Jewish holidays

6:11 PM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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SUWANNEE, Ga. -- One of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah, is coming up on Monday.

Unfortunately, the third week in September is also when Gwinnett County usually schedules its Cognitive Abilities Test. Aware of the holiday, they scheduled it for that week anyway, but allowed the schools to shift the three day testing period to any three days in the five day work week.

That still did not sit well with Gwinnett parent Alyson Levin. She was not pleased to see her son scheduled for testing Monday at Riverside Elementary.

"I know they wouldn't have testing on Christmas or Easter or Martin Luther King Jr. Day," Levin said. "I don't know why this would be any less important to them."

As first reported by the Gwinnett Daily Post, she said the school called her and apologized, and then shifted their testing days to the end of the week. The rest of the district left the days where they were. Levin said she thought the whole school system should practice the tolerance they teach.

"I know they talk about it in school, my son's talking about Christianity Judaism and Islam in his social studies class, so I know they're talking about all the holidays," Levin said.

The school system said the week was the best chance they had to schedule the test, because the following weeks are hampered by other holidays and early release days. They said they allowed the schools flexibility in case any parent had a concern.

"We work with our communities, and if the community member or the parent has a question then the school will work with them, and that is what happened here," school spokesperson Jorge Quintana said.

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