(South Florida Sun-Sentinel) – The addition of an honesty pledge in this year’s FCAT is generating a mix of criticism and support from parents and education advocates.

Moments before standardized testing began Monday, the statewide parent group FundEducationNow.org said Florida Department of Education has “no business putting our children in the position of repeatedly promising not to cheat.”

“The parents of Florida are losing patience with the steady flow of negativity and punishing ‘reforms’ directed at our children, their teachers and their schools,” group co-founder Kathleen Oropeza of Orlando wrote in a statement.

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