APS board votes not to pay for PARCC tests

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table in the Sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. On Tuesday, Ohio becomes the first state to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the year, about 12 million children in 28 states and the District of Columbia will take exams that are expected to be harder than traditional spring standardized state tests they replace. In some states, they'll require hours of additional testing time students will have to do more than just fill in the bubble. The goal is to test students on critical thinking skills, requiring them to describe their reasoning and solve problems. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)
In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – 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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