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Buffalo: Opt Outs Far Exceed Expectations

15 Apr

Let’s blame David Coleman and his fool, Bill Gates.

Diane Ravitch's blog

The Néw York parents’ opt out movement is indeed widespread and historic. The Buffalo News reports the action in western NY.

Parents were not acting at the direction of the teachers’ union. They were fed up with Néw York’s insane obsession with standardized testing:

“In the Lake Shore School District, 58 percent of kids opted out.

In North Tonawanda, inside sources said about 56 percent of students didn’t take the test.

At Lackawanna, just shy of 50 percent. Springville-Griffith had 42 percent, with three quarters of fifth-graders at one elementary school opting out.

In Kenmore-Tonawanda, where the School Board had seriously considered opting the entire district out, 37 percent refused.

Last year, by contrast, only about 5½ percent of Western New York students refused to take the tests, according to one survey.

Parents cited a wide variety of reasons for opting out Tuesday, including stress.

“Both my kids – especially…

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