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Kids Who Defied Florida’s Third-Grade Testing Rules Hit Roadblocks As They Return To School

The Hernando County parents felt flush with victory Friday after a Leon County judge ruled that their children, and others across the state, had been wrongly held back in third grade.

But their enthusiasm crashed Monday after Hernando officials hindered their efforts to enroll the students in fourth grade at their school, despite the judge’s order.

Maddison Hohman, Madelynn Kinkade and Hailey Everett left Chocachatti Elementary wondering what they would do next after their principal told them they no longer had a spot there.

The arts-themed magnet school had given away their seats while the girls’ families fought in court for promotion to fourth grade without having to take a state reading test. All three had school work showing they read at or above grade level.