Let's keep it real. Despite a huge propoganda/misinformation campaign by NY State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia, despite selective refusal on the part of NY School Chancellor Carmen Farina to release Opt-Out information to parents; and despite threats of funding cut offs coming from US Education Commissioner John King, Opt Out numbers ACTUALLY INCREASED in New York State!! That is a HUGE STORY.
Parents in NY State cannot be bamboozled, intimidated, or confused by public officials. Until the amount of testing in the state is drastically reduced, until the stakes attached to the tests are removed, and until the specter of Common Core is put to rest once and for all, the Opt Out movement will continue to gain momentum and will move into school districts, especially high poverty districts, where it previously had limited support
This is a great example of Popular Democracy at work. Congratulations NY Parents Students and Families. You are setting a great example for the entire nation.