Brandywine’s Dr. Holodick Bullying Parents “I’m the only one who can say who does not have to take the test.”

I’m getting multiple reports from parents that Superintendent Dr. Mark Holodick of Brandywine School District is handling all opt out requests.  Once a letter is received, he contacts the parent, asks to meet with them, and tells them he has sole authority on how a student is or is not opted out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  He tells them unless they have a medical condition that would allow them to be exempt, they must take the test.

Dr. Holodick, I spoke to you a few weeks ago in response to my article about Brandywine’s website and your letter to parents about opt out.  I can see my words did nothing to change your feelings on this, which is fine.  We are all entitled to our opinion.  However, you are misreading the facts.  Delaware state code states a school can only exempt a child under certain medical conditions.  There is nothing in state code at all about what conditions a parent can or can’t opt their child out.  These parents aren’t opting their children out asking for permission.  They are opting their kids out…period!  You have no jurisdiction telling parents they have to obtain medical documentation to opt their child out.

You need to stop this bullying atmosphere in your school district.  While we can all agree these matters should be handled in a civil manner, you are crossing the line with your intimidating behavior.  Brandywine parents who want to opt their child out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, please go ahead and send in the letter.  If Dr. Holodick calls you, tell him “thank you for your opinion, but my child is not taking this test.”  If he continues to pressure you, tell him you REFUSE to have your child take this test and the discussion is over.  If he continues, tell him you will contact an attorney.

This is exactly why I have tried to give guidance to all superintendents and heads of school in Delaware, but obviously some feel they can interpret the state code however they want.  Fair warning to all of you.  If I hear about it, I publish it.

Updated with that little thing called THE LAW:

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

4 thoughts on “Brandywine’s Dr. Holodick Bullying Parents “I’m the only one who can say who does not have to take the test.””

  1. The reason he has to bully is because he is wrong. Did you ever see a bully who was right? One only bullies because all other alternatives have been closed off …. Force is all one has left.

    The takeaway, is that if you were on the fence before about opting out, you had better look hard at this overreaction and OPT OUT YOUR KID…. He knows this test is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad he feels forced to make threats he can’t possibly back up.

    So, obey the warning signs he is giving, and opt out. He just told you how to do it. “unless they have a medical condition.” I can think of one: flu. Another would be allergies. Simple parental authority is valid in these cases……… Doctors notes are not required.

    Whether your child opts out officially or just “gets sick” on test week really doesn’t matter… Official or non-official, the only thing that matters is that YOUR child, DOES NOT TAKE THAT TEST.

    What in ten years will matter is that this does not go on his record; he does not have to undergo a useless and pointless waste of time; and he does not have to be branded as a failure for the rest of his life. As a plus, he gets a little more respect for mom and dad.

    People say kids don’t respect their parents as they used to…. Well, if parents don’t step in as parents should, and stop their child from taking something so abusively damaging to them,… is it any wonder they feel that way?

    This test has been described by 100% of child psychologists who’ve commented on it, as “abusive”. The real question is this: why would any parent think twice about letting a hollow Dick tell them how to raise their kid?

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