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Common Core Fighters,
Our first two education bills will be heard in the House Education Committee when they meet this Wednesday, January 20 at 2pm in House Hearing Room 4. We need you to contact all of the members on this committee by phone, e-mail, or via the "Request to Speak" system, and/or be present to testify in favor of both of these bills (see contact info below). We need your personal experiences with AzMERIT and the threats that were given last year as your child(ren) tried to "opt out" of this statewide assessment. We need your experiences with surveys that were given at your school without parental consent as well! Here are brief summaries of these two bills. Please read them in their entirety to obtain a thorough understanding of each from the links below!
HB2056- Parental Opt Out. Requires a form to be developed by the State Board of Education that parents can submit to their principal or teacher to opt out of statewide assessment. Lack of assessment results will not affect school district achievement ranking, school report card, a pupil's ability to be promoted from third grade, or his/her ability to graduate from high school. An alternative, other than a statewide assessment, can be used to determine whether a pupil should be promoted from third grade and/or if they have met the requirements for graduation. (http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/52leg/2r/bi...)
HB2088- School Surveys and Assessments Informed Consent. Requires Informed consent for any psychological assessment, such as the Common Core-aligned assessments and others that gather psychological data. Informed consent would also be required for intrusive, inappropriate surveys that question pupils about their sexual practices, or any other private information. This bill protects the pupil from retaliation in any form if the parent does not consent, and the teacher from being evaluated according to pupil participation and results. (http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/52leg/2r/bi...)
Rep. Thorpe BThorpe@azleg.gov 602-926-5219
I highly suggest you to create a "Request to Speak (RTS) account," if you haven't already done so. The RTS system is an online tool that allows you to give legislators your feedback on bills. You do not have to “speak” as the name implies. You can use the system to show that you support or oppose a bill and provide your reasons. From the comfort of your home/office, you can share your opinions directly with legislators. Please read the attachment titled "Using the Request to Speak program of the AZ Legislature Information System" by Jose Borrajero.