GLENDALE ? The state's superintendent of schools will appeal today to the state's highest court to overturn a judge's ruling that suspended the high-school exit exam and left dozens of local high-school seniors in suspense.
"In an effort to seek resolution of this issue as quickly as possible, I have asked my attorneys to appeal directly to the California Supreme Court," State Supt. of School Jack O'Connell said. "They are working around the clock to prepare those papers, and we will file before 5 o'clock, close of business ? ," O'Connell said, referring to close of business today. "While I am advising all school districts to abide by the lower court's order until or unless the order is modified by an appellate court, I am hopeful that our appeal to the state Supreme Court will bring quick resolution to this issue."
O'Connell's appeal follows Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman's ruling on May 12 that suspended the exam on the grounds that it discriminates against financially challenged students and English learners.