Students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District had a choice to make on Tuesday: protest on the streets or prosper in class. In the end, education won out.
On a day when thousands of people were expected to skip school or work to rally for immigration reform, Newport-Mesa schools reported no students ditching class — and that may have been for a purely nonpolitical reason. The district began giving its annual standardized tests this week, and Tuesday morning found students in their desks as usual.
"I would love to think — and I'm going to hold the hopeful thought — that our students do take their testing seriously," said Estancia High School Principal Phil D'Agostino. "Our teachers made it a really big point that they come to testing. I also put out the little incentive that any classes that have 100% attendance for testing over the next three days, I'd deliver doughnuts and juice to them personally wearing some kind of funny hat."