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Georgia lawmakers send school test refusal bill to governor

Students will have a clear right to refuse to take state tests in schools without being punished if Gov. Nathan Deal signs legislation approved by the Georgia Senate Monday.

House Bill 425 says schools cannot punish students who refuse to take standardized state tests and encourages state and local school boards to let students take the tests with paper and pencil rather than on a computer.

The bill by Rep. Joyce Chandler, R-Grayson, passed 44-9 after passing the House of Representatives on March 3 by a comfortable margin.