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  •  bravo (9+ / 0-)

    If this is true, it shines a light on a seamy side of this deform process that is suspected but rarely revealed. Here in Portland OR. unknown numbers of parents are opting out of statewide testing (the district won't say how many and if they did, I wouldn't believe them), but the admins don't have the coercion tools available in NYC. So they give empty threats and wait for the day that our Governor and legislature enact mandatory testing laws, which I'm sure they will unless we stop this.

    History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx

    by quill on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 08:21:56 PM PDT

    •  I find it hard to believe they don't have the (6+ / 0-)

      same coercion tools available in Portland, I think it is more likely that they just aren't willing to use them.  For example, suspending/expelling a student for opting out (even if explicitly permitted by law) and calling CPS (and presumably lying to them to get the kids taken away) can be done anywhere.  So can encouraging the other students to beat up/bully the kid in question.  Remember, most of the NYC coercion tactics are illegal even in New York.

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      by Throw The Bums Out on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 11:02:29 PM PDT

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    •  Well, the school pays by being labeled "failing" (6+ / 0-)

      if an adequate percentage of students don't take the tests, so how about a law that says parents (students) can opt out and then schools cannot be penalized for it.  I would gladly vote for that.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:20:25 AM PDT

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