Come on out tomorrow (Monday April 13, 2015) to the Academy Green in Kingston between 4:30pm – 6:30pm and join KAFE in protest of high stakes testing and in support of the “I Refuse” movement (read here and here).
Make and bring signs! Wear KAFE shirts if you have them! Protect our students and teachers! Support Public Education. Refuse the Tests!
If you have not yet submitted your REFUSAL letter, you still have time. Tomorrow (Monday) would be best to give your school administrators a bit of advance notice but you can send in your REFUSAL letter through Tuesday morning when the testing begins.
Find a template REFUSAL letter at nysape.org (click here) and send it in to your child’s principal.
Follow-up to make sure the letter was received and that it is clear what your child will be doing on test day while the state tests are being administered. Will your child be in a location separate from students taking the test? Some districts keep the refusing students in the test room but I believe Kingston will have the students in other locations – please confirm with your school though. Will your child need to bring in reading materials or will school work be provided? etc.
Help to protect our students and teachers by REFUSING the state tests!