Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Signs Opt Out Bill

PolitiChicks.comOregon’s Democrat Governor, Kate Brown, has signed the Opt Out bill. HB2655 makes schools responsible for giving parents accurate information about the Smarter Balanced assessment, its uses, and their right to opt their child out of the test with no reason needed.

Earlier in June the feds threatened the loss of federal funding to the Oregon department of education if our Opt Out numbers kept rising. Many feared Governor Brown would not sign the bill because all signs point to her being in support of the new Common Core.

So it is with little fanfare that HB2655 was signed into law and an interesting statement made by Brown after the signing. She warns that participation in the tests are crucial to success and implores teachers and administrators to let parents know how important it is that they participate and know the consequences if enough parents opt out and participation diminishes, including the loss of funding.

In short, Brown signed the bill although if you listen to her press office, she doesn’t like the bill. Her statement practically begs people not to opt out.

Many people with their eye on the ball in Oregon are not breathing easier. In fact, people are holding their breath waiting to see what exactly is going to happen. We have a short session coming up in 2016 and if Oregon is famous for anything it’s for bait and switch bills and completely undoing previous sessions’ work in a short session.

Not only that but many education watchers have read the bill and feel something is off. Something smells here in Oregon, and though it’s stinky, we don’t exactly know what it is yet.

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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