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Minnesota Teachers Reassure on Opt Outs!

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Minnesota Teachers Reassure on Opt Outs!

By:  JMLmom

We hear stories about parents having trouble when it comes to opting their children out of testing.  I’d like to share a story of cooperation and understanding regarding a parent’s choice to opt out of testing, surveys as well as homework assignments outside the scope of our family values.

Yesterday, I got a letter from a parent in a Minnesota school district and I have to say that it was so deeply encouraging and uplifting. This parent asked us not to disclose her name or the school district, so we will not disclose that information. However, the information that we want to share is that teachers are being supportive and thankful for parents who opt out their children.

At my oldest child’s parent-teacher conference, I spoke with her English teacher about opting my child out of these tests. Her teacher said he is frustrated because he isn’t able to teach the way he feels the children need. You have to move through everything so fast, some children are left behind. He said he is very frustrated and feels that this testing is a waste of time and money. The teachers I have talked to about this feel the same way, but their hands are tied.

When I submitted my opt out letters on behalf of my children, I was nervous how the letters would be received. I soon received my answer. One of the teachers sent me this letter:

Dear xxxx,

In my opinion, the letter you submitted regarding testing is outstanding! Thank you for sending it and thank you for your constructive words about your reasons.

I will file this with the testing coordinator this week, and I will keep a copy in my file in case any concerns arise.

Thanks,

M Teacher

And then another message from another teacher,

Thanks so much for the eloquently written letter you sent on behalf of “X” opting out of testing. Nicely stated.

Thanks

K Teacher

Each of the teachers were very supportive.   It was great to see us all come together and agree on something so important. Just knowing that my children’s teachers are supportive of my choice, makes me feel more at ease. My advice to everyone would be to have this conversation with your children’s teachers. Let them know that your decision has no reflection on them as a teacher but is more so about your child and the over the continuous testing mandates.

For more information about Opting Out, see our tab “Refuse the Tests” at http://www.MNagainstCC.com or on our facebook page, Minnesota Against Common Core and Refuse the Tests.

Immediate Action: Call Today on Sen Kiffmeyer’s Survey Bill Amendment

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ATTENTION MACC MEMBERS!!  CALL TO ACTION!!  SF1495

A special thank you to Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, who is offering an Amendment regarding the excessive volume of surveys given to our children.  This Amendment requires an “Opt In” instead of an “Opt Out” as is the practice now.  We have heard many stories about surveys that are occurring with “passive” consent.  These surveys may contain offensive subject matter and/or take up far too much classroom time.  We are very concerned with the intrusive collection of data on our children as well as a lack of parental notification.  This Amendment will not apply to the MN Student Health Survey, which occurs every 3 years.   The MN Student Health Survey will still have the “opt out” ability.  This is an important start to peeling back the layers of the intrusion in our children’s life, and needs your support.

Please call and email Senator WigerSenate Education Chair ASAP and ask him to please include Senator Kiffmeyer’s Survey Amendment in the Education Policy Bill SF1495.   THE HEARING IS TOMORROW, MARCH 19th, so we need you to act quickly and please take the 5 minutes to do this.   You may use the script template below or create your own.

Senator Wiger can be reached at  (651) 296-6820

sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn

 Script:

 Hello, my name is _____________________.  I live in __________________, Minnesota.  I am calling today to ask that Senator Wiger include Senator Kiffmeyer’s Student Survey Amendment in the Education Policy bill SF1495, to protect our children from intrusive data collection.  Our children are being asked to answer information on surveys that is beyond their scope of understanding in both content and consequence, while taking away from instruction time and giving data to parties outside of the school.  I am concerned this data exposure puts my child’s personal information at risk, and is something that can affect their future.  The amount of surveys that are occurring are taking away valuable instruction time, and offer no viable educational enhancement.