Wyoming AG: FORGET Parental Rights!

PolitiChicks.comDefending the administration of statewide standardized testing to all students regardless of parents’ Constitutional rights to refuse tests, the Wyoming Attorney General office under Peter K. Michael rendered the opinion that parents have no right to opt their children out of testing. In essence, it is illegal for parents to refuse the mandatory standardized testing in Wyoming.

The opinion was elicited from an inquiry by former Director of Education Rich Crandall to clarify the legality of test refusals because of the number of opt out requests school districts were receiving. Crandall asked the attorney general to release an opinion on whether federal or state law prevented schools from consenting to the opt-out requests.

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The AG response was released on August 27th, 2014 and can be read here.

So are parental rights a thing of the past in Wyoming?  Citing the 2011 Wyoming Education Accountability Act, the attorney general ruled that the State Board of Education has the authority to require all students to take the tests. Based on the attorney general’s opinion, parents no longer have the right to direct the education of their child in Wyoming schools—even if they believe that high stakes testing is not in the best interest of their children.

Kathryn Porter

Kathryn Porter is a political watchdog who has served as an elected member of the Colorado GOP State Central Committee and the El Paso County Republican Party Executive Committee. As an illuminator of truth, she was banned as a guest of the 2016 Republican National Convention by then Colorado State Chairman. Following her banishment, she contested the entire 2016 delegation to hold the state party accountable for balloting errors, the disregard of bylaws, and numerous irregularities at the state convention. The 2016 RNC Credentials Committee granted her a convention pass, overruling the former chair's pronouncement. In an RNC report responding to the case she brought before the Committee on Contests, the Colorado Republican Committee was chastized for its "embarassing incompetentence."

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