Alabama Teen Suspended After Opting Out of Common Core Testing
An Alabama teen says she was suspended from school after refusing to take standardized tests aligned with national Common Core curriculum standards.
Alyssa McKinney, an 8th-grade student at Whitesburg Middle School in Huntsville, Ala., told WAAY-TV she was given two in-school suspensions after telling school officials that she didn’t agree with the requirement and that she was opting out.
When she opted out the third day, she was given an out-of-school suspension.
School officials declined to comment to WAAY-TV, but the Alabama Department of Education said in a Facebook post that parents may submit their refusal in writing to school administrators. It was unclear if Alyssa’s mother provided notice.
Alyssa is not the first student to be punished for opposing Common Core.
Seirra Olivero, a 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES in New York, said she was suspended from school last month for “insubordination” after telling classmates they could opt out of taking the Common Core English test.
In Arkport, N.Y., meanwhile, school officials prompted outrage after rewarding children in third through sixth grades who took the English test with ice cream, while denying it to those students who opted out.
I wonder if they explained to him how many millions of dollars are on the line here? : I mean, the educational industrial complex stands to make a killing here.
You can’t just opt out.
What do you think this is? A free country?
Hat Tip: : Weasel Zippers
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