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[Susan notes: Yvonne Siu-Runyan speaks out on a Colorado issue that is common to many across the country: political bullying of our young. Let's join her in calling this mistreatment what it is.]

Published in Boulder Daily Camera
06/15/2008

To the editor

Forced tests violate student rights



Gov. Ritter vetoed HB 1186, which pertains to a no school penalty for non-participation in the CSAP due to misadministration or parent refusal.



HB 1186 would have barred school officials from punishing students for skipping a state standardized assessment test, by such means as not allowing students who do not participate in CSAP testing to attend school events such as field trips, special events, and other enjoyable enriching activities. Do we still live in a democratic country? Does our governor stand for democracy?



If the state has to hammer our young and their parents/caregivers into compliance with regards to taking the CSAP, Colorado's high stakes tests, then something is deeply wrong.



Schools are supposed to be places where democratic principles are upheld and lived. This kind of bullying is a travesty and should not go unnoticed.



Education comes from the Latin word, educare, meaning to lead out. Mr. Ritter's veto of a bill which advocates for students and parents'/guardians' rights is wrong minded and does not lead out. What is Mr. Ritter thinking?



Perhaps it's time to consider a recall vote for Mr. Ritter. His job is to protect Colorado citizens, and especially our youth from the Halliburtons of education.



"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." -- Albert Einstein.



"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." -- John F. Kennedy.



Yvonne Siu-Runyan


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