We know. We know all about the funding threats, and the “Oh, you’re the first person who has told me this” when I have seen multiple parents give YOUR name, at numerous Red Clay schools. It’s gotten to the point of embarrassment, not only for your schools, but your self-respect. Just stop. Parents aren’t dumb. They are not stupid. They know what is best for their children. The very fact that you want to talk them out of it in one-on-one meetings shows the DOE is hammering your district hard. Why do you think that is? It’s cause they are scared out of their pants that opt out will get bigger than it ALREADY has. I’ve now heard from a few people that Mark Murphy, the Secretary of Education himself here in the First State, has been telling districts that after parents opt out, see the DOE template, and still want to opt out, to “let” them. But he wants the parents to not spread the word and keep quiet. Principals in Delaware: do you serve students or a bureaucracy that is over-paid and filled with people who don’t know the first thing about education? Stop serving the Department, and start looking out for your students. Cause the DOE sure as hell isn’t. You are all tired of this testing crap. Let the parents do what they need to do for their children.