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You CAN Opt Out of Common Core Assessments

Susan Notes:

Do it!
Do it!
Do it!

Oct. 1, 2014

by Susan Ohanian

Worried about the upcoming Common Core testing, which will be more than ten hours long?

Here's the short advice from a Colorado teacher:

Opt out!
Just do it!

Here's the more nuanced advice from Peggy Robertson, the Colorado teacher who has announced her refusal to give the Common Core tests and who is a leader in United Opt Out: The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform, a national clearinghouse for opt out information and advice. The site contains An Activist Handbook for the Education Revolution.

Peggy Robertson offers this advice to parents who are thinking about opting their children out of Common Core tests:

Ultimately, very few states have any sort of law that allows for legal opt out. So, I am very upfront in stating that it is an act of civil disobedience. And yes, supreme court cases exist that do indeed support our right as parents to guide our children's education, however, we cannot be certain that they will hold up in court. So -- here in Colorado it is not legal to opt out -- we still do it and we will always do it because we're just chomping at the bit for someone to try to stop us -- because then, we will indeed take them to court.

Parents, heed this point:

It's important that parents do not ask permission.

  • You are simply refusing to allow your child to test.

  • If you get pushback, then you should tell the pushers you will contact an attorney and the media. Quite honestly -- this is where the pushback stops in most cases.

  • Make sure everything is in writing.

  • If the pushback goes further, let us know and we can help! Here in Colorado we've had such aggressive pushback--and we're still opting out!!!
  • — Susan Ohanian and Peggy Robertson
    United Opt Out


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