Exceptional Delaware has a fuller version… Jump over and read it… I tend to believe more in the power of terse statements but people are different and different types appeal to different people.

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Dear  Sir/Madam ____________________________________:

Please accept this letter as record of my decision to refuse for my child (name)____________ to participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment at (school)_____________ during the 2014-2015 school year.

Respectfully yours,

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(You are under no obligation to explain why.  You are the parent and your child is your responsibility. They must answer to you.  Not you to them.  It’s a former elementary gym teacher for heaven’s sake. )

But just in case you feel better, here are a few legal precedents.

Culled from the decision by the 2000 Supreme Court — Troxel v. Granville

“In subsequent cases also, we have recognized the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and control of their children. See, e.g., Stanley v. Illinois, 405 U.S. 645, 651, 92 S.Ct. 1208, 31 L.Ed.2d 551 (1972) (“It is plain that the interest of a parent in the companionship, care, custody, and management of his or her children ‘come[s] to this Court with a momentum for respect lacking when appeal is made to liberties which derive merely from shifting economic arrangements'” (citation omitted)); Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205, 232, 92 S.Ct. 1526, 32 L.Ed.2d 15 (1972) (“The history and culture of Western civilization reflect a strong tradition of parental concern for the nurture and upbringing of their children. This primary role of the parents in the upbringing of their children is now established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition”); Quilloin v. Walcott, 434 U.S. 246, 255, 98 S.Ct. 549, 54 L.Ed.2d 511 (1978) (“We have recognized on numerous occasions that the relationship between parent and child is constitutionally protected”); Parham v. J. R., 442 U.S. 584, 602, 99 S.Ct. 2493, 61 L.Ed.2d 101 (1979) ( “Our jurisprudence historically has reflected Western civilization concepts of the family as a unit with broad parental authority over minor children. Our cases have consistently followed that course”); Santosky v. Kramer, 455 U.S. 745, 753, 102 S.Ct. 1388, 71 L.Ed.2d 599 (1982) (discussing “[t]he fundamental liberty interest of natural parents in the care, custody, and management of their child”); Glucksberg, supra, at 720, 117 S.Ct. 2258 (“In a long line of cases, we have held that, in addition to the specific freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, the ‘liberty’ specially protected by the Due Process Clause includes the righ … to direct the education and upbringing of one’s children” (citing Meyer and Pierce)). In light of this extensive precedent, it cannot now be doubted that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and control of their children.”

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You have the right to prevent your child from being abused.  Nearly 100% of child psychologists have called these tests as a subtle form of child abuse.  To date, I have seen zero child psychologists defend either of these two Common Core tests.  There were defenders of all previous tests however… That is indication of just how bad these tests actually are.  Btw.  Have you taken your child’s test?  You should before you decide… (Little personal hint:  if you can’t answer the questions… it’s not that you’re dumb… it’s the test.  It’s a  r-e-a-l-l-y  stupid test.)

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