School board member vows to keep fighting for the late Ethan Rediske

(Used with permission) Ethan Rediske  (with Rediske family permission)

Rick Roach,  a member of the Orange County School Board in Florida, sent the following e-mail about the death on Friday of 11-year-old Ethan Rediske, who became known in Florida after his mother, Andrea, fought a state requirement that her blind son, who had brain damage as well as cerebral palsy, take standardized tests.

I wrote about Ethan earlier in the week after his mom said she had to fill out forms proving that Ethan, who was dying, was not in any condition to take a a state-mandated test. You can read more about Andrea and Ethan Rediske here.

Here’s the e-mail from Rick Roach:

Friends,

Just got word from our school district that our beloved Ethan Rediske passed away today.

My condolences to the family. Ethan’s life will be a beacon for change, I have no doubt about it. I promise to work as hard as I can on his behalf and the behalf of his family who loved him.

Thanks to his wonderful teachers who loved him, and nurtured him right up until his last days.

Rick Roach

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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