Be careful what you wish for!
After agonizing through the countdown to summer after senior year of high school, you’d think I would have shamelessly embraced a recess for spending time with family, having fun with friends, and getting excited about college. Well, I did. For about a month, that is. I dwindled away the entirety of June doing absolutely nothing. It was certainly a relaxing and much-needed vacation, but I couldn’t help but feel guilty about my unproductiveness. As much as I was enjoying myself, my summer was, in terms of meaningful activities, empty.
I regret saying my summer wasn’t busy enough.
I truly thought I’d be able to live the life of a lazy bum out through the entire summer, but I had to get off my rear in mid-July, when I found out that my entire high school’s AP scores had been cancelled because of “seating irregularities.” Since then, I’ve been a part of the group of student leaders working with concerned parents and the school district’s lawyers to file a lawsuit against the College Board, which refuses to release our scores, even though it has been confirmed that there was no student misconduct involved. It was hectic during those first few weeks, calling politicians’ offices and organizing everyone’s cooperation, but we’ve gotten support from local and state officials, and our situation gained media attention on the west coast.
Because many seniors needed their scores as soon as possible for course placement and juniors need theirs to fill out their college applications, the attorneys working on behalf of the joint AP Students-Viking Parent Group filed for a preliminary injunction, also known as a temporary restraining order, hoping for an immediate court decision. On August 30, 2013, however, the judge denied the plaintiff group’s request. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be the end of our fight.
A press release from the San Mateo Union High School District responds to the decision: “The judge’s preliminary ruling does not dispose of the case and all claims remain at issue for ultimate determination in a full trial-related proceeding. The District and its Mills AP students are evaluating their legal options.”