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A public high school teacher in Lee County, Fla. has asserted that administrators instructed him not to teach students about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks because preparation for and student performance on a battery of standardized tests was deemed more important.

The issue initially became public knowledge recently when a disc jockey on a local FM news and talk station —Fox News 92.5 — discussed it live on the air, local CBS affiliate WINK-TV reports.

“Alright, let’s get to the phones,” said Drew Steele on his morning show, aptly titled “Daybreak with Drew Steele.”

Next, an unidentified teacher spoke.

“We were not permitted to teach anything about 9-11 because those particular things do not relate to the end of the year testing,” the teacher claimed.

Steele was shocked.

“I cannot believe this! The principal specifically told you not to talk about this? How are the kids going to learn about 9-11 thanks to the core…”

“The core” is a reference to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a set of K-12 math and language arts curriculum benchmarks and high-stakes standardized tests now implemented in most states, which is deeply unpopular for many reasons.

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