I absolutely agree. Please join any of the Delaware District Opt-Out groups on Facebook, or join Refuse The Test Delaware, the central hub for parents to meet and discuss opt-out. All are welcome, unless you are a troll. We don’t want you. Go away. We need to start gearing up for opt-out season, starting soon at a test and punish school near you. The test is brought to Delaware by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and about 500 other companies that are making a KILLING in profits off our kids. A KILLING!!!!
Just remember, opt-out is allowed and don’t let anyone tell you different. If someone tells you that, let me know. I will set them straight! Worried about a confrontation? Don’t worry. They all know me. 🙂
Today is the day to opt your child out if you haven’t already. Just email your child’s school principal, and let him/her know you don’t want your child to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment and you expect your child to receive instruction. Also let the principal know this is your final decision. If the school sends you a letter asking you to sign something about understanding Delaware law concerning opt-out, IGNORE IT. But certainly email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly pop it up on here. Other schools have been through this with me. One district did the same stunt two years in a row! You are not alone. There are others who feel the same way you do. I also understand many of you are just itching for the legislators to override Governor Markell’s veto of House Bill 50. You don’t need that, but it will stop the bullying and intimidating by our school districts. And it would also throw a big monkey wrench in the Delaware Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and Governor Markell’s harsh opt-out penalties they filed with the US Department of Education. The US DOE still hasn’t approved them, and probably won’t until sometime next year, if they approve them at all!
If you are worried about someone watching you at this time of year, don’t worry because Santa Claus supports opt-out!!!
As well, just to be on the safe side, please email your state legislators in the House and Senate to let them know you want them to override Governor Markell’s veto of House Bill 50. Or you can email them ALL! They love to hear from Delaware citizens. You can look up your State Representatives here and your State Senators here.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me! Thank you!
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