One of the more disturbing parts of the Senate Education testimony was when a citizen gave testimony on behalf of her friend. What happened to her friend’s son was inexcusable and is just one more reason why House Bill 50 needs to become law! Lorraine Gloede spoke at this meeting, and I can vouch for her friend as I have met him a few times now. Keep in mind when reading this that Gloede was only the second public comment. Her commentary ran from 29:06-30:21 on my recorder.
Uhm, (Sokola interrupts: “We’re trying to keep comments short, but, but, if you have something different to say, please…”) I’d just like to ask Mr. Murphy how he will know, with the Smarter Balanced Assessment, how the child is making progress, where improvement is needed. Because from my understanding, all that is received is a score, that teachers don’t have access to the test itself and the answers. But I am here, there was a gentleman sitting next to me, and he just asked me if I could relay what he was going to say. He lives in Smyrna. His next-door neighbor’s child opted out. And they put him into a room where he had nothing to do. It was just like detention. And so he opted out even more. He took his child out of school and is homeschooled now. So I think that part of the reason for this bill is to show that there will be no repercussions, that everyone will understand that, which apparently is not the case now. That’s all.