Common Core: SchoolsThreaten CPS Visits If Kids Don’t Show For Testing
Last week at a meeting on Common Core, New York State PTA Education Coordinator Bob Aloise gave a presentation to parents regarding Common Core and associated Testing. He said that a school district may call child protective services if a parent refuses to allow a child to take the state assessments on the grounds of “educational neglect.”
What kind of parent-teacher organization has the PTA become?
This is not the first time a threat like this has been issued. In an email in the last school year, an Oceanside Union Free School principal told a parent who wanted to keep her child home during the testing period that,
“If without medical justification, Joseph is absent from school on any day during the Assessment period, the District will deem this absence as unexcused. Further, if you keep Joseph home from school during the Assessment period, without medical verification, it is within the District’s discretion to deem these absences as indicia of educational neglect, which would leave the District little choice but to contact Child Protective Services (“CPS”).”
Of course, these are the threats that can be documented. There are dozens of other reports that are not as clearly documented. But when states have to send child protection services to enforce testing, one has to wonder what kind of chapter our nation has entered.
These reports are not on a tin-foil web page or a personal blog, but on Ed Week. Ed Week is a website that caters to the
education profession and is generally regarded as a having a strong pro-common core bias. Peter DeWitt writes,
Over the 19 years I have been in education, I have seen CPS visit students who were being neglected, sexually and physically abused, or living in deplorable conditions. CPS has more important work to do then maintain Martial Law on parents who opt their children out of testing. Unfortunately, there have been situations where principals have threatened to call CPS on parents who choose to opt out their children out of testing….
We have indeed lost common sense when it comes to education if school leaders threaten to call CPS.
Education martial law is an apt description of the matter. To use child protective services if a family fails to comply is not acceptable in a free society. Child protective services should not be used for political agendas. It should be used for legitimate cases of abuse and neglect. To use them as gestapo agents for the school district creates a climate of fear and mistrust between the government, schools, and the families.
If for some reason you can’t home school your child, then get active in the local PTA and help families opt out of Common Core testing. Write your legislators to stop common core. For parents interested in the opt-out-of-testing movement, unitedoptout.com has information by state level.