April 11, 2014
Common Core Test Nazis: "No Ice Cream For You!"
Many parents don't know they can have their children opt out of participating in common core testing, supposedly without retribution. But some New York students are discovering that conformity results in rewards, while exercising the right to opt out results in punishment:
Seirra Olivero, a 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES, claims she was suspended from school last week after telling classmates they could opt out of taking the Common Core English test -- a decision few students and parents in the area knew was possible, according to the girl's mother.
The eighth-grader was suspended for two days for "insubordination," following the April 1 incident, in which she informed her friends they had a choice whether or not to take the exam on the day of the test. [...]
In Arkport, N.Y., meanwhile, parents are complaining over a decision by school officials to reward students who took the Common Core English test with ice cream, while denying it to those children who opted out of the exam.