Malloy lies to parents about their right to opt their children out of the Common Core Tests

This morning, on WNPR’s Where We Live radio program, Governor Malloy was asked about whether parents had a right to opt their children out of the inappropriate, absurd and unfair Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Test of a Test.

Governor Malloy’s responded with one his most misleading statements to date.

As reported in the CT Mirror,

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday that federal law restricts students from opting out of taking standardized tests, and if the state were to give students that option, it would put the state at risk of losing millions of federal dollars.

His statement is simply untrue on a number of levels.


#2:  The requirement that 95% of students in a school take the standardized tests is but one of many criteria contained in the No Child Left Behind and the Race to the Top federal laws and regulations.

Every year, schools across the nation fail to meet that 95% goal.

In Syracuse, 30,000 parents opted their children out of the tests just this year.

The federal government has not withheld funding simply because a school did not meet their 95% goal.

But rather than side with Connecticut parents and their children, Malloy stayed true to his corporate education reform industry advisers and campaign contributors.

And not only did Malloy fail to tell the truth about the right parents have to opt their children out of the Common Core testing, he lied about his own administration’s role in the implementation of the Common Core.

As the CT Mirror went on to report,

But Malloy said he has no choice but to require students to be tested.

“I didn’t adopt Common Core. My predecessor did. Like handling the deficit, I was also handed the problem of seeing this implemented. Some districts are far ahead of other districts. Some districts folded their arms and said we’ll wait and see,” he said.

While former Gov. M. Jodi Rell entered the state into an agreement with other states to implement Common Core, the Malloy administration signed an agreement in 2012 with the federal government to implement the new standards and tests in order to receive a federal waiver to the No Child Left Behind law.

With each passing day it becomes increasingly clearer that Malloy is unwilling to stand up to protect and defend Connecticut’s public school students, parents, teachers, school administrators and public school advocates from the corporate education reform industry that is hell-bent on destroying Connecticut public education system.

You can read the CT Mirror story here:

  • Linda174

    I did not endorse those standards.

    I did not offer a tax rebate.

    I did not support high stakes testing.

    I did not say whatever you think I said.

    I am Dannel or Dan and I am running out of

    • Sleepless in Bridgeport

      And I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinski. On the other hand I did sell my soul to the devil

      • jonpelto

        Lol funny!

  • buygoldandprosper

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
    –Dan Malloy? Roy-the-Maggot Occhiogrosso? Andrew Doba?

  • buygoldandprosper

    Well, one thing we can all agree on is that the basketball school in Storrs with the new scoreboard that cost…well, that’s a secret, needs to focus on other things…

    “Winning two college basketball national championships in two days drove revenue, visibility, and economic development for UConn and Connecticut, but for the university to reach the financial success of big-time athletics programs it will have to focus on football, experts say.”

    Dan’s on that! It has been ignored by everyone prior to him! Oh! And by the way, tuition is going up for those of you involved in academics.

  • Guest

    There’s nothing better than “high stakes” educational extortion. This is not about what is best for the children of Connecticut, or the country for that matter. Just follow the money, it’ll take us all to the promised land.

  • Beth Anna

    The kids at my child’s Hartford-area middle school spent their math class today learning about camping (tents, fires, sleeping bags. etc.), because tomorrow’s SBAC math test will be using examples from camping situations in the math word problems.

    Enough said.

    • Linda174

      It’s test prep for the field test for the real test to test whether teachers are teaching well enough to the test.

    • trying to laugh

      Yes! My son’s class learned about donuts, and putting them into boxes. As the only one in his class (lucky enough, according to him) not participating in this farce of a test, he saw straight through to the irony of the whole lesson.

      • jonpelto

        I nominate him to be the next governor of Connecticut!

        • trying to laugh

          He will concede any votes received to you!

  • buygoldandprosper

    “One of the largest unions representing state employees, Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, reaffirmed its confidence in Malloy Monday, while mourning the lost supplemental pension payment.”
    HOW STUPID and greedy can they be?
    Go ahead! Vote for Dan and see what it gets you!

    • ReTired

      Hope CEA doesn’t do an about face and align themselves with AFT!

  • Philip Stull

    Anyone want to bet that a political poll has been commissioned to see what a three way race would play out by Dems. They did one in NY and Cuomo did not do very well. Quinnipiac should be doing one soon.

  • Guessed

    Whatever. I opted my son out of a very reformy urban Connecticut district. Just the other day. Since retribution is likely, I’ll not mention the town. Clearly some thinking and humane administrators have yet to be silenced or pushed aside by the Malloy machine.

    Malloy is in violation of CT’s own laws. The state is mandated to provide testing. Some testing is useful and necessary to the functioning of a school system. But not this corporate big data ownership of our children. The SBAC is an experimental pilot shakedown criuse of a test— no results, no age appropriate alignment of the questions, even to its own purported CCSS.

    None of the teachers or families in CT will have access to any state testing data in an school.

    No district will have any data to assess any of their programs. It is as though Malloy has effectively cancelled the 2013-2014 school year in service of America’s new corporate overlords so that next year’s fully automated corporate education mother ship may safely land squarely in the heads of CT’s minority and inner city children.

    But don’t worry. All the other children are next! At least those of Connecticut’s working class and what-used-to-be middle class families. The 1% will be safe.

  • Irritated Teacher

    I heard the interview. Liar Liar Pants on Fire!
    You probably already saw this; Kindergarten School Show cancelled to get kids “college and career” ready. SMH.

  • Irritated Teacher
  • Malloy might want to have a conversation with Pryor and Taylor, who show Malloy for the liar he is. “There is no law…”