The Every Child Achieves Act will indirectly reinforce federal control by requiring states to force testing on students whose parents want to opt them out. The schools often punish students whose parents opt them out of the common core tests. In New Jersey, 9-year-old Cassidy Thornton was humiliated to tears when she was excluded from her classmates’ end-of-year cupcake and juice-box party when her mother opted her out of Common Core tests. Cassidy’s mother called it bullying, but the school defended its decision to reward test-takers because federal rules require 95% of students to be tested.
The Republican-controlled Congress has the ability to put control of the classrooms back in the hands of parents and communities. Unfortunately, Establishment Republicans are instead choosing to renew the standards and testing mandates of Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush. Make sure that your legislators know that Americans do not want more federal control in our classrooms.
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