From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The ruling by Judge Robert Freedman blocks the state from withholding diplomas for the first time from high school seniors who have satisfied all graduation requirements except one: passing the exit exam, a test of 7th- to 10th-grade English, math and algebra skills.
Oh, and the students get five chances to pass. If a 12th grade student can't pass 7th-10th grade basic skills tests five times in a row, they are hopeless and should be left to wallow in school perpetually until they realize they must actually work hard to succeed.
Once again a liberal pattern emerges: protecting somebody's feelings is more important than insisting they succeed. Remember when liberals were against abolishing social promotion? Bubba Clinton proposed ending the practice and was met with resistance from his own followers. Liberals have also proposed ceasing the practice of marking wrong answers on exams with red markers, saying purple would spare students' feelings. Another whacked liberal feel-good idea was to stop using the term "fail," and instead use "deferred success."
I feel very sorry for the subnormal students who try to go out into the world and get jobs or attend college without knowing 7th grade math. I hope prospective employers and colleges have access to who flunked these exams.