Oregon Department of Education Offers Manipulative Guilt Trip Along With Opt Out

PolitiChicks.comThe Oregon Department of Education has overstepped their bounds. It’s nothing new to see that the State Superintendent has requested a bill be in the legislature and it’s really nothing new to see that the Dept of Education is actually legislating and making policy that over step.

However, this time, it seems so egregiously done that it has to be talked about.

Oregon’s latest legislative session saw a bill put forth by Representative Lew Fredericks insuring parents’ right to opt their child out of standardized testing and forcing the schools to hand out information to the parents notifying them of their opt out rights.

Many parents were looking for their schools to begin handing forms out and waiting anxiously to fill out an opt-out form. Many parents ended up writing their own form and turning it in, much to the chagrin of principals and nonplussed front office ladies everywhere.

Finally, the Oregon Department of Education has released the opt-out form for schools to give to parents and it has many people raising their eyebrows.

At the bottom of the opt-out form created by the Oregon Department of Education is this bolded paragraph right above the signature line:

“I understand that by signing this form I may lose valuable information about how well my child is progressing in English Language Arts and Math. In addition, opting out may impact my school and district’s efforts to equitably distribute resources and support student learning.”

Wow. Manipulative? Yeah. Sending you on a guilt trip? Yup. Unprofessional? Yes. A lie? Completely.

Opting out does not affect a school’s ability to “equitably distribute resources” because they can already distribute that money equitably. What they mean to say is that if your kid is not taking the test and would be a candidate to receive a low score then the school won’t get the extra money they would receive from the state for a “special needs” child.

It’s all about the money. I hope that parents see that the Oregon Dept. of Ed is overstepping their bounds and trying to undermine the legislative process. They’re subtly using coercion and overtly using manipulation and guilt to get their way.

Refuse to go on that guilt trip and tell them what they can do with their test!

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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