Assembly members behind the Common Core Parental Refusal Act have started a petition that will send a message to Governor Cuomo with each signature urging him to support the legislation.
Thus far, the petition has garnered over 3,000 participants.
The petition argues that the Common Core testing forces teachers to teach to tests that many students “are not developmentally ready for.”
Assemblyman James Tedisco writes in a Times Union blog post:
Today, myself, Assemblyman Al Graf, Assemblyman Dean Murray, and Assemblyman Ed Ra are taking our efforts to the next level to inform parents of their rights to have their children refuse to take the Common Core standardized tests by launching a new statewide petition drive: RefuseCommonCore.com.
The online RefuseCommonCore.com website offers New Yorkers the ability to write a message directly to the Governor to respect the rights of parents to make important decisions on the educational future of their children and enable parents to have their children refuse to take the high stakes Common Core-based standardized tests. Citizens will be able to share the petition via social media on Facebook and Twitter.
The Common Core Parental Refusal Act protects schools from having state aid withheld and teachers from being penalized due to a lack of student participation or performance on the exams. It also ensures students are not punished or rewarded for their participation or lack thereof in the exams and would set-aside alternate study activities for those who refuse the tests so they are not forced to “sit and stare” in the same room as their peers who are taking the tests.
The bill (A.6025/S.4161) was introduced by Assemblyman Tedisco who explained that “New York is wasting too much time and money stressing children out to prepare for these tests.”
Tests that are of debatable educational value.
The purpose of the new legislation reads thusly:
The purpose of this bill is to ensure school districts notify parents of students via written communication in grades three through eight that such students may refuse to participate in all state testing provided by Pearson Incorporated or any other State testing based on Common Core standards.
With the new bill, schools will be required to inform families of their rights when it comes to test refusal, along with a response form ensuring that those rights have been viewed.
The Common Core Parental Refusal Act will prevent schools and teachers from being penalized based on the number of students who opt out. Students too, will neither be punished or rewarded based on their participation, or lack thereof, in the standardized testing.
The Mental Recession recently reported on two New York teachers who have vowed themselves to opt out of Common Core testing, with one hoping such actions would implode the system, while the other simply refused to set her students up for failure.
Last year, reports indicated that the number of kids opting out was having an effect on schools, with participation rates putting districts on peril of losing federal grant money.