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January 7 Opt Out Activism Across the Country

Susan Notes:

Light a candle of resistance instead of cursing the darkness of education deform. Here are a few of the activities going on across the country on January 7 to inform parents across the country about protecting their children by Opting Out.

from the United Opt Out National website:

On this day (Jan 7, 2012) we are encouraging Occupy movements everywhere to endorse this action. We are asking parents, students and community members to write letters/postcards to their school districts stating how they will OPT OUT. We have created a postcard that allows for multiple ways to opt out and it can be purchased in bulk to share. Of course, the slam dunk is opting out of the state test as this will shut down corporate education reform. If everyone opts out in mass they will have NO test data to punish students, teachers and communities. Our postcards can be found here.

United Opt Out National offers ready-made flyers and information as well as templates for creating your own handouts, op eds, and so on. Go to the website for hotlinks to these items:

  • One Page Talking Points Flyer

  • Our Demands

  • Parent Flyer

  • How to Privatize Public Schools in 12 Easy Steps

  • Architects of a Brave New World

  • What Does It Mean to Opt Out?

  • The World According to Michelle Rhee

  • Op-Ed Template

  • High Stakes Testing Research

  • Find specific opt out information about your state here. If you don't find info listed for your state, then do a good deed and provide it. For starters, call your state department of education and ask. That's what I did. You can check it out by hitting "Vermont."

    Here is what is happening on January 7 in a couple of states.

    Colorado: Here in Denver we are meeting at the Capitol steps for a teach-in. We are going to share ideas/strategies for ending corporate education reform. We plan to sign opt out postcards and march them straight over to the DOE and drop them off. People are bringing protest signs etc.

    Colorado is also the home of the annual billboards urging parents to opt out of the standardized testing. Browse the Coalition for Better Education website. You can help pay for this year's billboards by sending $5 (or more) to:
    Coalition for Better Education
    2424 22nd Avenue
    Greeley, CO 80631-8154

    They have sample opt out letters and other valuable information.

    Colorado Opt Out Petition

    Florida: The group has already received news coverage and expects more: Standardized testing opponents call for National Opt Out Day

    Florida Opt Out Petition

    Tennessee: Opt Out Petition

    Texas: Petition

    IMPORTANT On January 8th, let the people at United Opt Out National know what you did on the 7th.

    And plan what you will do next to bring down standardized testing. Our children's education futures are at stake.

    — Susan Ohanian
    United Opt Out National



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