Budget squeeze may imperil Regents exams

(AP) - New York state's cash crunch is putting a squeezeon the Regents exam that has long been at the core of its highschool graduation standards.

State officials say as many as 13 of 17 such exams could be cutto save costs.

The eliminated exams could include tests for math, socialstudies and other subjects.

Since the Regents affects the curriculum, paring it down wouldchange high school courses and lower graduation requirements formillions of students.

Regents exams determine whether graduates meet basic academicrequirements.

Officials say the cuts could save the cash-strapped state morethan $13 million.

Teachers and school administrators are highly critical of theproposal - to be discussed Monday by the state Board of Regents.

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