Governor Markell, do not even think about acting like our very cowardly Delaware U.S. Sentaors Chris Coons and Thomas Carper did today with their “nay” votes on the opt-out amendment in S.1177. You have a duty to serve the people of Delaware, and we elect the legislators that write our laws. They overwhelmingly supported House Bill 50, our parent opt-out law. The 64 U.S. Senators who voted no on this amendment, including our own, do not realize it is NOT a state right to allow opt-out. It is a parent’s right. Pure and simple. By doing nothing with this bill, you are spitting in the face of every single parent in the state you govern. You are telling them their rights don’t matter, that it’s okay for schools to treat parents like crap. I’ve told you repeatedly, on here, on Facebook, on Twitter, and in an email I sent you that you replied to: your legacy in Delaware is at stake with this one bill. Because it is over this one test, the one you labeled as the “best test Delaware ever made”. Only someone who could somehow profit over a standardized assessment that has been repeatedly proven to be the WORST test ever made would say something so foolish. If you don’t step up for your state, for the citizens you serve, than how can you possibly think of moving on politically? This is not about civil rights groups, and you damn well know that. This is about honor and respect. This is about a parent’s choice. For their children. I won’t come to your house and tell you how to raise your children, so don’t you dare come into mine and tell me this is the best thing for my child. Sign the bill Jack. Sign it tomorrow.
The United States Senate just killed the opt-out amendment in their ESEA reauthorization bill according to The Washington Post. Senator Lamar Alexander, according to the article by Emma Brown, spoke against the amendment for the following reason:
“But Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) — the Republican co-sponsor of the carefully crafted bipartisan bill — spoke forcefully against the proposal, saying it would strip states of the right to decide whether to allow parents to opt out.”
Excuse me Mr. Senator? Nothing on this planet will ever give me a “right” or “allow” me to opt my son out except for the fact that I already have that right and allowance as a father. Politicians created this mess, and you need to get our children out of it. I take great offense at your suggestions this is not a right I already possess.
I agree with Diane Ravitch who just stated:
“I have great respect for Senator Alexander but his argument is not logical. The federal government mandates the tests, but it leaves to states the power to decide whether parents have the right to opt out. Why is the federal government mandating any tests? Why is this not a state responsibility? If he were being consistent, he would leave the testing and the right to opt out to the states. I would just remind the Congress that the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 was a resource equity act, not a testing and accountability act. It was meant to send money to schools and districts that enrolled students who lived in poverty. It was No Child Left Behind that turned the ESEA into a testing and accountability act in 2001-02. And it was the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 that first proposed that states create their own standards and assessments.”
Both Delaware U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons voted no for the opt-out amendment. There are two other opt-out amendments in S.1177 Every Child Achieves Act, but this does not bode well for the other two amendments. I seriously hope both Carper and Coons don’t think the citizens of Delaware will forget this the next time they are up for re-election…
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