Common Core Outrage: Mom Suspended From Son’s School Over Opt-Out Forms

Common Core Outrage: Mom Suspended From Son’s School Over Opt-Out Forms

This story has been called “the biggest Common Core outrage yet”–and that’s in a crowded field with strong contenders. Katherine Duran, a Common Core critic, has been suspended from her 12-year-old son’s school for two weeks–and threatened with arrest if she disobeys.


It started when Duran signed an opt-out form for her son and gave him a few extra copies to take to school. The principal swiftly confiscated the forms.

When Duran heard that the papers were taken away from her son, she visited the school and confronted principal Rosario Guillen. It was that meeting, according to the school, that triggered the police visiting the Duran home with the suspension order…The principal of the Mark Twain School sent police with a chilling note that contained notice of the two-week “Withdrawal of Consent” as well as a threat of arrest should she violate the order. The letter also states that, “The District will seek reimbursement for attorney costs the courts may impose.”

It’s a long, outrageous story, so read it at the link. It’s chilling that schools are now suspending parents–in this case, for the “crime” of getting involved in your own child’s education. Obviously, many public school administrators view the schools as little re-education camps where they can program children with the correct left-wing views. As we know from observing actual re-education camps in Communist countries, this requires separating children from their parents, then teaching them to reject their parents’ values.

That’s exactly what they’re doing here. Why else would the school treat an opt-out form like a subversive document to be confiscated?

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