Please call your NYS Assemblyman now and ask them to amend assembly bill A6777 to include the requirement that school districts must notify parents of their right to refuse the state standardized tests.
UPDATE 5/28/15 9:15am Vote did not happen last night and Assembly won’t return to the floor until 11:15am today. Keep calling!
Parents currently have the right to refuse the state tests but many do not know that. If they are not informed of the right, having the right codified is not terribly helpful.
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco’s bill has the necessary wording that can be referred to for what needs to be added to A6777.
Without including a provision for parental notification, the Assembly will pass a good bill that many parents will have no idea exists.
In a recent editorial, the Utica Observer-Dispatch called for the Majority’s bill to be amended to require that “school districts inform parents/guardians of their right to refuse these tests and the procedure necessary to do so.”
If your New York State assemblyman is Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, as mine is, his phone number is (518) 455-4436.
When you call, please thank Assemblyman Cahill for being a co-sponsor on A6777 and ask for the bill to be amended to include the requirement that school districts must notify parents of their right to REFUSE the state tests.