Saturday, August 22, 2015

BATs --> Opt Out of Toxic Testing Nationwide



One of the most powerful tools that we have in our fight is to refuse to give Corporate Education Reformers the data they need to close our schools, punish our children, label them as numbers, and rate our teachers. 

Please encourage all of your friends and family who have school age children who test to refuse!  The rules can be different state by state so please visit United Opt  Out website, click on Opt Out Guides by State, to learn the way to opt out in your state - http://unitedoptout.com/state-by-state-opt-out-2/

Finally, if you are a teacher, and a parent, you have the right to refuse YOUR children from testing.  If you work in the district your children go to have your spouse opt them out.  If that is not an option for you make the best choice for you and your family.  We would never advocate someone losing their job and livelihood because there are others ways that we can join the fight to save public education.

So remember..... Refusing the Test  means refusing to allow Corporate Education Reform to close our schools, punish our children, and punish our teachers.  NO DATA, NO PUNISH!

Here is a sample letter and information that LI OPT OUT provides for their parents.  LI OPT OUT initiated the most successful test refusal movement in history in New York State

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18VCjDYDxv0a1P3sNnLDmqkCOgbUht4OiJt_AJ9obugM/edit?pli=1





Here are links to successful Opt Out movements throughout the nation

New York
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/05/03/why-the-movement-to-opt-out-of-common-core-tests-is-a-big-deal/

California
http://www.cbs8.com/story/28887525/parents-learn-how-to-opt-out-their-students-from-standardized-testing

Chicago
http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news/some-parents-seek-to-opt-out-kids-of-istep/article_ccbe036a-5171-5a47-aee3-136af1c9b240.html

Washington State
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local-news/test-refusals-put-state-districts-in-unknown-territory_96958850

 Florida
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-school-testing-opt-out-group-20150115-story.html








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