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Peter Greene: "It's Not the Law"

Some of those who are offended by the idea that parents opt their children out of state tests have said that all children MUST take the test because “it’s the law.” 86 more words


New York: State Superintendent Says Parents Have Right to Opt Out

Hello, parents of New York, you have the right to opt your child out of state testing. So says the State Superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

Forget what you heard last week about threats and sanctions. 214 more words

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Did Your Superintendent Send Out a Letter Like This?

The previous post included the letter that Dr. Michael J. Hynes of the Patchogue-Medford school district sent to teachers.

Parents in the district on Long Island in Néw York received this… 176 more words

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A Long Island Superintendent Tells His Teachers Not to Worry about Scores

The following letter was sent to teachers in Patchogue-Medford, Long Island, in New York state by the superintendent, Dr. Michael J. Hynes. Hynes is a hero of public education. 256 more words

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"Sorry, I'm Not Taking This Test"

Kristina Rizga in “Mother Jones” explains why the Opt Out movement is becoming a national phenomenon.

She focuses on the story of Kiana Hernandez, a student in Florida. 335 more words


Welcome Class of 2019: What We Owe Your Future Students and Their Parents

Today, I get to meet the next class of students who have entered my university seeking to become high school teachers.  This is always an exciting time in no small respect because being a part of their journey from student to student of teaching to teacher is some of the most rewarding work of my life, and I am consistently grateful for how their energy and optimism help revive my own year after year. 1,196 more words


Fred LeBrun: Elia Risking Her Future Because of Tough Stance on Opt Outs

Fred LeBrun of the Albany Times-Union warns State Commissioner MaryEllen Elia that she is making a huge mistake by her confrontational tactics with the parents of the 225,000 children who opted out of mandated state tests last spring. 340 more words

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