Parent Strike is a coordinated effort across America to take back public education from the corporate education reformers and those who would do our children irreparable harm with state standardized assessments. In Delaware, we will be celebrating this momentous day, September 17th, with other states across our country. I invite all parents and press to attend a press conference outside Legislative Hall in Dover at 12:30pm, where I will announce the violations and complaints against Governor Markell, the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware State Board of Education, and other entities within Delaware that have contributed to this toxic environment against our children.
If you want to make a statement during the press conference, please let me know ahead of time. I will also help parents coordinate opt-out/refuse the test for their local schools.
Following this, at 1pm, is the Delaware State Board of Education meeting across the street at the Townshend Building. I invite every single parent to attend this meeting, at least for the first half hour to forty-five minutes. After they do their roll call and approval of minutes, it opens up to Public Comment. Each speaker gets three minutes to speak on a topic. Those who give public comment are not allowed to speak on an item that is up for action that day, but there is nothing in their agenda covering standardized testing or parent opt-out or Refusing The Test.
During the State Board of Education meeting, they will announce the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment for the different sub-groups: low-income, English language learners, students with disabilities, African-American students, Hispanic Students and Asian students. This is where we will see the very real impact of the Smarter Balanced Assessment on the most vulnerable of students. They could have announced this information last week, but they chose to hold off on it. Parents will also begin to receive their children’s official report on the test that week.
Please join in and let the unelected State Board of Education know your child is more than endless data. Let them know your child is more than a pawn in their attempts to “fix” education. Let them know their vain attempts at stifling parents is not allowed. Be loud, be a parent, and let them know you will not tolerate this madness one more minute. This is Parent Strike Delaware!