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Susan Notes: The time to act is NOW. TODAY. Join hundreds of other people in this action.

by Susan Ohanian

There's very good news to report. Take a look at United Opt Out National and join the Facebook group Opt Out of State Test: The National Movement.

Everybody whines about state standardized tests. But this group replaces whining with action. And you can join.

Here is the beginning of their Mission Statement: Members of this site are parents, educators, and social activists who are dedicated to the elimination of high stakes testing in public education. We use this site to collaborate, exchange ideas, support one another, share information and initiate collective local and national actions to end the reign of fear and terror promoted by the high stakes testing agenda.

New Group Actions are posted every Saturday. Here's the #1 Action:

Good morning everyone! Is your coffee in hand? Your fingers nimble and ready to type? I hope so -- because today we launch our first action. Our first action will be to write op-ed pieces on WHY someone should opt out of the state test.

An op-ed is an opinion piece offering an alternate view. As we know, the current view on testing is push the test. . . love the test. . . hooray for the test. . . we need the test.

We represent a different view -- we want to opt out of the test in order to return a whole and equitable public education to America's children.

Check out our Op-Ed supports document listed under Helpful reading and resources. Scroll to #7. Morna has created a flyer which offers key points to discuss why someone would opt out. I have also listed Shaun's op-ed -- if there are more good examples post them on the comments in this strand of conversation. Morna has also created a template for anyone who would like a jumpstart.

We would like to submit these op-eds to our local newspapers no later than September 1st at 9 p.m. eastern time. Be sure to mention our website www.unitedoptout.com in your piece.

If your piece is not accepted, then post it online or send it to us and we will post it for you! Alright everybody -- take action!!!

United Opt Out is in the process of collecting specific information on parents opting children out of state standardized tests. If you have information about your site, let them know. If you need information, check out the website.

Remember: Whining is whining. ACTION is something else. You can write this op ed.

More Good News: A Parent Flyer is now available. Use it.

— Susan Ohanian



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