Malloy/Wyman moving forward with threats to punish schools districts that respect parents’ “opt-out” rights

REMEMBER:  There is no federal or state law, regulation or legal policy that prohibits Connecticut parents from opting their children out of the destructive Common Core testing scheme.

However, according to a series of letters and memos signed by Connecticut Commissioner of Education Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell, on behalf of Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman’s administration, local school districts that failed to stop parents from opting their children out of the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory Common Core Smarter Balanced Consortium (SBAC) testing scam will be receiving a letter by (tomorrow) January 15, 2016 informing them that their local school system will lose grant funds if they don’t force at least 90% of the children to take this year’s Common Core tests.

Education Commissioner Wentzell has informed Connecticut superintendents that there will be severe consequences for any school district that fails to stop parents from standing up to protect their children from the testing madness.

The Malloy/Wyman administration’s memo to superintendents included the following:

District Participation Rate Consequences 2014-15

For School Districts that had a participation rate “Below 80%” in any category, “funds will be withheld if, at a minimum, participation in 2015-16 fails to meet Level 2 criteria (which the state is now setting as  greater than 90%.)

The State Department of Education memo adds that any school district that failed to reach the 95% participation threshold this year must (1) attend a meeting with the State Department of Education and (2) submit a detailed corrective action plan that will be reviewed and approved by the State Department of Education.

The mandatory meetings will be held by February 5, 2016, corrective action plans must be submitted to the State Department of Education by February 16, 2016 and those plans will be “reviewed, revised as necessary, and approved by CSDE” by February 29, 2106.

The Malloy administration’s memo fails to identify what authority the State Department of Education has to force local force school districts to submit “corrective action plans,” to review and approve such plans or to withhold taxpayer funds from any district that does not achieve a 90% participation rate.  (Where the decision to mandate a 90% participation rate rather than 95% level is a complete mystery.)

Of even greater concern is the fact that the State Department of Education fails to provide local school districts with any guidance, instruction, or legal advice about how they are supposed to lie, mislead or stop parents from utilizing their fundamental right to refuse to have their children participate in the Common Core testing program.

The state also fails to explain why they consider it good public policy to withhold taxpayer funds from schools in which parents have gotten involved and opted their children out of that excessive testing system.

And yes, this attack on students, parents, teachers, public schools and our fundamental legal rights is taking place right here in Connecticut.

No word from legislators about what they are doing to protect their constituents from this incredible assault.

  • jhs

    To bad someone doesn’t personally sue him for misuse of his administrative power.

    • Bill Morrison

      Sounds like a plan. Why don’t you begin? “Someone” should be us!

      • jhs

        Would be nice. But I don’t have the deep pockets, and no kids in school.

  • Bill Morrison

    There are at least two historic quotes that apply to this kind of abuse perpetrated by the Malloy Administration. The first comes from the Declaration of Independence in 1776, “. . .Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
    The second comes from Quotations of Chairman Mao, “Political power comes from the barrel of a gun.” This, to me, illustrates that Malloy has the political power in question. He controls the Department of Education, the State Police force, the National Guard, and has attempted to wrest gun ownership rights away from the people.
    What recourses do we the people have to fight back? It is too late to vote for an alternative. The turncoats among us threw that opportunity away last year. Shame on them.
    We do have the power and the responsibility to mobilize in the streets, as numerous groups throughout our history have successfully done.
    We have the power and the responsibility to write letters to our legislators, notifying them that we will hold them accountable for their actions over this matter.
    We also have the power and the responsibility to practice civil disobedience and opt out our children in spite of government abuses. We have the power to exercise the courage of our convictions to resist.
    I hope that I haven’t forgotten anything. I, for one, will continue to actively encourage my students and their parents to opt out. I will begin my own letter writing campaign to my legislators, Diane Wentzell-Roberge, and to the Dictator Malloy. Finally, I will continue to remind the people of our state that Diane was a key supporter of the fraudulent “55” grading policy enacted by Adamowski that saw Hartford turn into a Diploma Mill.

    • Bill Morrison

      I am also calling on the Teacher Unions of CT to join in the resistance and live up to their responsibilities for a change. AFT-CT should remember that peters quit. We have new leadership now. STEP UP and LEAD FROM THE FRONT!

  • buygoldandprosper

    Vote with your feet, the way GE did.
    Malloy,Looney,Sharkey…the Three Stooges of Connecticut.
    Jepsen…either Dopey or Sleepy.
    Wyman…the boozer loser, waiting for her chance in the hot seat.
    Run away to any state line and cross into a better place.

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    What a parade of assholes. Where is the scrutiny of the Charters. I guess they had the necessary numbers by way of not accepting, kicking out, or fudging participation numbers (or probably there is no scrutiny…their future has been bought and paid for). With all this bullshit going on this is the best our Irish Rover can muster? I saw the Big Short last night. This is exactly what our Democratic leaders are doing to wreck a once strong public education system while lining the pockets of Sackler and his home boys, not to mention Danny and his motley crew. We have out Detroited Detroit and there is no turning back.

    • buygoldandprosper

      Check the new rules for borrowing to finance a home…one can include income of people (unrelated) living in the house to qualify and a FICO score in the low sixes is good enough, for some.
      Just wait.2008 was just a test.This administration and butt-lickers like Malloy have more “visions” that will destroy this country.

  • JMC

    It’s like the old days in elementary school where if 3 kids misbehaved during recess, the whole class of 30 kids was punished and denied recess for the rest of the week. This is the level of sophistication of our Governor and Lt. Governor.

  • buygoldandprosper

    Which face will the Boozer-Loser Wyman put on when the topic is discussed?