Thanks to one brave parent, the OPT OUT NJ movement has arrived in Delran. Here is my letter to the Superintendent of Schools on the parent’s behalf.
As a leader in the Delran educational community, you know that I spend much of my time communicating with parents about school programs and about their children’s educational needs. As such, Parent X, who also happens to be a friend and fellow union member, reached out to me today, concerned about the response that she received from you regarding her decision to opt her child out of NJASK testing. I must admit that I was discouraged to learn of your response. While I don’t disagree that “all districts in NJ are mandated by applicable state statutes…to administer statewide test(s)…”, that does not give districts the ability to compel children to take the test(s).