Research shows that failing a grade is as traumatic to 3rd graders as losing a parent, but with the help of Jeb Bush's team and the lawyers from ALEC, we now have this bare-knuckled legislation to mandate 3rd grade retention in 13 states, as reported in this story at WaPo by Lyndsey Layton.
Where are the pediatricians, the child psychologists, the educational researchers who publish their important research and these horror stories in arcane journals that no one reads? Where is the conscience of academics and the unions, who are bound by ethical code to protect children from miseducation and harm?
Here is a short list of research from Shane Jimerson's page at UC Santa Barbera. Does anyone care about this travesty?