Choice–It IS YOUR Choice Who Parents YOUR Child

“Choice” – It Is YOUR Choice Who Parents YOUR Child

We had to share this from a mom who is not going take it anymore and we want to encourage you to stand up too! This is in NY. And it begins….

On Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 9:38 AM, (The Principal) wrote:
Good Morning,

I hope (child’s name) is enjoying the start of the school year.
In regards to your request, all students are expected to take the iReady Assessments. iReady will give us instructional information for students. There is no formal process for parents to refuse participation in academic testing developed and used by the District. Below is a link to additional information regarding iReady on the (School name) School District’s website. I understand you have also sent this request to (school district person’s name) however if you still have further questions please contact her office.

Sincerely,

(Principal’s name)
Principal
(School name) Elementary School
Sent from my iPhone”

The mother wrote responded:
“Good morning to you as well.

I’ll just dive right in – “expected” does not equal “mandated”, and even if it were mandated, I’d still refuse participation. You see, I am the parent and until some desperate attempt at legislating my rights away – my parental rights usurp what schools perceive as their rights over MY child.

Formal or informal, official or unofficial, the school does not dictate what I allow as I am the ultimate authority over my child.

She will not be participating in yet another experiment. You and I will have to navigate this together. Here’s looking forward to an amenable relationship as we both work towards the end goal of educating children – with the childs [sic] well-being the focus. We do not have to be adversaries. I’d much rather us partner together to navigate issues such as this.

Thank you for your response (which from the delay in timing, I attribute to you contacting school authorities and lawyers to make sure you’re protected). It is as I expected, and I don’t fault you for protecting yourself – just remember, when it comes to MY child, I am the ultimate authority, and I am well versed and current in the goings on in today’s education reform. I won’t be intimidated or scared into agreeing to do something I know is wrong.

iReady was piloted for a couple of months for a select few grades in a select few schools – where are the reports of that pilot? When was that presented to the community, or the parents, or our useless rubber stamping, NYSED water carrying board? It wasn’t.

When would you like to meet? I can meet any week day at 430…

With ultimate authority as a parent,
(Parent’s Name)
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

Here are KACC’s thoughts prefaced with the message that this mom above is spot on and we are proud of her for taking control and making clear what she will and will not allow. These are OUR kids and parents have every right to stand up and speak up for what they want and against things that schools should not be doing.

Per the principal’s comments, it’s not just academic testing, there’s NO process (formal or otherwise!) for parents to PARTICIPATE (choosing to OR refusing to!). PARENTS are RESPONSIBLE for directing the education of their child, NOBODY else! The overwhelming posture of the academic community is that those in education, from the USDOED and USDOL to State DOEs to elected officials to teacher unions to boards of education to principals and administrative staff, are exclusively responsible for a child’s education. Those in education don’t know what to do with a parent who even acts in a mode of responsibility toward her child. Responsible parents are instead demonized.

By design, God entrusted children to parents, to raise them to be God-fearing. (Those who think this is a “religious” statement cannot dispute the fact that children ARE born to a man and a woman—parents, not any other combination.) Children were not entrusted to the government or elected persons or teachers or unions or businesses or accountability metrics.

Parents need to write/scream whatever that they all want choice in their public schools—a choice between classrooms with chalkboards and textbooks and classrooms with only high-tech; a choice in whether to participate in any class, program, initiative, assessment, individual education plan, etc.; a choice in whether to have any information regarding an enrolled student shared beyond the enrolled school, including with the state. That message has not gotten through.

The only people who should have a “vested interest” in a child are the parents of the child. The parents should be the ONLY ONES to determine the child’s course of education. The parent/child must be the owners of the child’s intellectual property – this is in line with a person’s right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Anything less than this can only be viewed as THEFT, at a minimum. Note the principal’s statement, “iReady will give us instructional information for students” (emphasis added). The child AND his data are viewed by the school, et al, as belonging to the school to be used by the school, et al.

This parent’s communication is what needs to be promoted and happening in EVERY school in every state. Trying to work with presidential candidates, D.C. departments, elected officials, and school administrations hasn’t and won’t change anything without parents politely, but with absolute firmness and authority, declining to operate within the current flipped paradigm.

*NEW* Opt Out of Assessments (VIDEO)

School may be out for summer,
but you can still find information about opting out of assessments.

Check out this great video (less than 2minutes) created by a Kansas dad…  watch, share and OPT OUT!

VISIT: OPT OUT for Information and Forms.

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form – Version 2

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form – Version 3 Letter

Opt Out FAQs

Letter from KSDE – Opt Out

Articles: Testing and Opting Out

 

weekly recap – October 4

Do you know that the Common Core Standards were never tested?
Common Core is an experiment.
And it is an unconstitutional experiment on our children.

Even Bill Gates says ‘It would be great if our education stuff worked but…

If you watch or listen to just one thing about Common Core THIS is it…
Spellbinding Words of Wisdom – Hoosiers Against Common Core
To see what a truly well-educated person sounds like, please take the time to watch the spellbinding testimony below of retired teacher, Bonnie Fisher, who testified before the Indiana Legislative Study Committee at the September 10th hearing.  Ms. Fisher’s experience in education is varied and extends far beyond that of  the K-12 classroom, including extensive reviews of over 800 textbooks from both today and decades gone by.   Her eloquence and command of the English language is truly breathtaking and will leave you in awe of her.
 
Want to know more about Common Core Math?
Math Teacher testifies in NH Common Core – Not good for students
Want to know more about the assessments? 

Listen to this presentation from NH – Tests are FLAWED

Computer grading will destroy our schools
The deepest reason to get rid of automated essay grading is not that the statistical correlations aren’t good enough yet (this is fixable) or that one can cleverly trick the computer (this is true, but not the root issue). The reason to get rid of automated essay grading is that the whole point of doing something like writing an essay is to learn to engage on a level that machines cannot participate in or really appreciate

 
The College Board and SAT scores…
False Alarm
Ginning up alarm may be lucrative business, but education policy requires a more mature discourse.
 
More about the changes to FERPA…
Who has access to your kid’s information? More people than you think
Regulatory amendments released in 2011 by the Education Department effectively tear down these protections and shift the responsibility of determining who has access to student data from parents to bureaucrats and administrators. Under the regulations, schools, districts and states have the ability to designate “authorized representatives” that can receive personally identifiable information without consent if they are deemed to have a “legitimate interest.” Data can now be shared with trade unions, non-educational government agencies, and private companies developing educational products and services. The Education Department even acknowledges that nothing in the regulations prohibit a state politician or private company from being designated.

And in case you missed it…
Complaint Against Science Standards Filed in Federal Court
The Complaint and additional information may be found on COPE’s website: www.COPEinc.org.
The Complaint alleges that the Kansas Board’s adoption on June 11, 2013, of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (the F&S) “will have the effect of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview” in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
 
Just added to our website – Kansans Speak Out

What do Kansans think about Common Core?  We want to hear from you!
Please read these statements and personal stories from parents, grandparents, teachers, and other Kansans

July – State BOE meeting

We had another good turnout at the State BOE meeting yesterday. We asked that they stay with Kansas University’s Center for Education Testing and Evaluation (CETE) to develop and administer year-end reading and math tests.

We had 5 people speak for 3 minutes and we had 8 written testimonies to present. As a result, the Board had a lot of questions of KSDE staff during the Assessments agenda item at 2:30 this afternoon. They asked about costs, technology upgrades, bandwidth, security of student-level data, when the CETE tests will be revised and how much time the SmarterBalanced tests will take. The multiple problems with SBAC and PARCC pilot tests in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Indiana, New York and Minnesota were brought up. Even the fact that the SBAC website does not open to the sample questions was raised.

As you know—teachers teach what is tested. Therefore, stopping the national tests will help reduce the costs, improve the curriculum and secure the privacy of student, parent and teacher individual data.

Thank you all for the great support!

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/07/09/4337561/kansas-foes-of-school-common-core.html

Reminder: State BOE Meeting Tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 9th – Kansas State BOE meeting at 10am
Board Room of the Education Building, 120 SE 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS
Citizen Open Forum starts at 10:30am – arrive before 10am to sign up to speak for 3 minutes.
For more information visit http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=61 and view the July meeting agenda here.

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/320622641404697/

We want to have another great turnout this month, and hope you will join us!
Tomorrow we will ask the State BOE members to
PLEASE VOTE TO KEEP KANSAS UNIVERSITY’S READING & MATH ASSESSMENTS
and to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) and ACT Aspire testing for Common Core reading and math.
 
There are concerns among Kansas superintendents and local school boards:
–  The cost of implementing these national assessments is 2 to 5 times more than the cost for Kansas University to administer the English and Math assessments.
–  Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessments are also estimated to take up to 8 hours to complete.
–  There have been serious computer failures and issues with these pilot tests this past Spring.

At the June meeting, after the public comments were completed, the State Board heard a presentation on Smarter Balanced (SBAC) and ACT Common Core tests.  At least four of the 10 State Board members voiced concerns about the costs of both national tests, and the loss of student, parent and teacher privacy if these tests are given to Kansas students. 

There are efforts being made in other states to do the same.  In fact, Oklahoma just announced it would be leaving PARCC on Monday.  Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Pennsylvania and now Oklahoma have decided not to force their students to take either the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) or PARCC national tests.  They are joined by Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota.  There are similar efforts to stop this waste of time and taxpayer money in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky.

If the Board will vote this month to stay with the Kansas University assessments of English and Math:
– It will save millions of dollars which local school boards can keep in Kansas classrooms rather than purchase expensive technology.
–  The risk of sending “student-level data” and “individual” data on every Kansas principal and teacher to the Federal government is far too great for the State Board to force our schools to give these tests.

 

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/320622641404697/