Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor and his band of corporate education industry reforms continue their crusade to persuade Connecticut parents that they don’t have the right to opt out their children from the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test.
Pryor claims that federal and state laws trump parental rights.
He is lying…
And he knows it…
But neither Governor Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen nor the General Assembly will stand up for Connecticut’s parents.
And the majority of public school superintendents are carrying Pryor’s water rather than doing what is right for Connecticut’s parents, students and teachers.
Just up the road in Massachusetts, local boards of education are fighting back against a similar campaign of deceit.
As Diane Ravitch reported today,
“The school committee of Tantasqua, Massachusetts, voted to permit parents to opt their children out of the PARCC tests. [There are actually two versions of the Common Core Test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) and PARCC]. [Per a reader, Tantasqua, Massachusetts. It is a school district within the town of Boylston].
In doing so, Tantasqua joins the school committees of Worcester and Norfolk, which reached the same decision.
The state department of education has opposed opting out, but the school committees are not following orders.
The Tantasqua vote was close, 8-7, and the deciding vote was cast by the chair of the committee, Michael J. Valanzola.
“It reaches the point of exhaustion, relative to the mandates from the state. Every time you turn around, there are new requirements on our school district but no money to back them up,” Mr. Valanzola said after the meeting. “And, for me, this sends a message that we are tired of the mandates and, ultimately, we are a School Choice district that believes in choice. Choice should rest with the parents and their right to be engaged in the process.”
On Feb. 11, the Norfolk School Committee sent the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education a letter saying it would let parents decide for their children whether they will participate in the PARCC test. On March 6, the Worcester School Committee agreed to send a letter to the state similar to Norfolk’s.
Here at Wait,What? we have asked the question repeatedly.
Is there no one in authority that has the courage and conviction to stand up against the outrageous, inappropriate and illegal dictates of the Malloy Administration?
Is there truly no one who will say enough is enough?
For more background read some of the earlier Wait, What? posts: