The Delaware Department of Education provided me with the letter Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy referenced yesterday from the United States Department of Education in regards to potential losses of $90 million. You can read the letter below.
Nowhere in this letter are any dollar amounts referenced. Nowhere is an indication this WILL happen to any schools or districts. But the most important part, and this is crucial, the entire letter is about what the schools and districts have to do. I don’t know of any school or district not ensuring that the state assessment is provided for every student. No school in Delaware has said “We aren’t giving this test to students.” This is the key to the 95% game the US DOE and the Delaware DOE have been playing. If the SCHOOL or DISTRICT fails to administer the test, or in simple terms, if they don’t give the option to every student, then they are out of compliance. If a parent opts out after the school has ensured they will give the tests to all students, that is not on the school. They have already provided their due diligence in allowing all students to take the test. Nowhere in this letter does it state a parent cannot opt their child out of the state assessment in ANY state. Nowhere in this letter does it state that due to opt out would a state lose Federal funding. If the school, district or state DOE tells students, “you don’t have to take the test” and they go below 95%, that is when the law kicks in. As for a law a state may have in regards to allowing parents to make this decision, this letter states nothing about that. So all the threats of funding cuts from the Feds have been easily thwarted thanks to a letter from the US DOE! Thank you!
I would highly recommend every single Delaware State Representative and State Senator receives a copy of this letter along with my information about this letter. It is obvious far too many have been sucked in by the empty threats thrown their way by the DOE, Mark Murphy and Governor Markell.