Why is this Parents Rights Bill so important?
Just read this anonymous message I received from an Idaho teacher.
Received from an anonymous source (someone who fears his/her job of course! What sort of country are we living in??) PLEASE share this email!
The testing coordinators for our district went to a training yesterday, and we were told today that parents are not allowed to opt their kids out. Apparently, during the state training, they made a big point of telling every district that parents COULD NOT opt their kids out. I talked to our coordinator afterwards, and he/she understands my point-of-view but says the district has to give all kids the test. He/She did tell me to turn in the papers for Opting out that I have and he/she would see what happens.
The only option is to keep them home on every test day and every make-up day. That is more than two weeks. I would do it if I had an option, but I don’t. They know that most parents don’t. Any parent who would choose to opt out would just choose homeschooling if it were a possibility. I just can’t do that so I can’t just keep them home either, for the same reason.
Really, really upset right now…
Parents should be totally upset. They made a point of telling every school in Idaho NOT to follow a parent’s wishes. I will be contacting my Senator tonight.
As I’ve mentioned before, Supt. Luna has told parents that they can opt their children out. Now that it might be happening in large numbers that tune is changing. (If any one else has been told this by the SDOE I would really like to hear from you.)
You need to be aware that your schools star rating will be affected if we reach the 5% opt out level. But really, do you want your school’s rating dependent on a high-stakes assessment? My guess is you already know how good your school is without some stupid test. (Also know that the star rating is a requirement of the Common Core education reform package.)
Parents, they’re stomping on your rights. Are you going to let them?
OPT OUT! (Yes, I’m shouting. Sorry.) Read this link to get some ideas for how to respond when they tell you you can’t opt out.
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