New bill gives parents choice to opt out of common core testing

HALFMOON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Several state lawmakers, parents, and teachers are trying to bring some common sense to common core.

The Common Core Parental Refusal Act would require school districts to notify parents of their right to keep their children in third through eighth grade from taking the tests. Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is one of the lawmakers backing the bill. He spoke about it with parents on Monday night at a forum in Halfmoon.

“At second grade, they don’t need to focus on college ready; they need to focus on children being children. They need to learn social skills; they need to learn through play. Common core forces them into a box,” said Briana Bays, a parent.

In addition to letting parents know they can refuse the tests, the bill also protects teachers and schools from being penalized for lack of participation.

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