New York Times: Opt Out Becomes a Powerful Political Force

Make note Governor Markell, Delaware DOE, and those school districts and charters in Delaware who would dare to presume they know better than a parent what’s right for a child, this is Delaware’s future as well. Hopefully next year!

Diane Ravitch's blog

Elizabeth Harris and Ford Fessenden wrote an article that just went online in The Néw York Times about the stunning growth of the Opt Out movement in Néw York state. Its numbers have increased dramatically in only two years.

The movement is now a potent political force:

“As the vanguard of an anti-testing fervor that has spread across the country, New York’s opt-out movement already has become a political force. Just two months ago, lawmakers from both parties, at the behest of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, increased the role of test scores in teacher evaluations and tenure decisions.

“Those same legislators are now tripping over one another to introduce bills that guarantee the right to refuse to take tests. The high numbers will also push state and federal officials to make an uncomfortable decision: whether to use their power to financially punish districts with low participation rates.”

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1 thought on “New York Times: Opt Out Becomes a Powerful Political Force

  1. I’d love to see that except NY has people like Diane Ravitch and former principal Carol Burris bravely leading the way with parents.

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