In her report, “Will opt-out movement continue? Testing is just around the corner,” Rachel Barnhart relates this message from Rochester parents, “It’s the only lever we as parents have to make Albany listen to say we need real fixes for our schools, not more tests,” said Vicki Robertson, a parent of a child at School #12.
“I think it’s lip service,” said Kellie Downs, another School #12 parent. “I think it’s, oh, these people might not vote for me.”
It is unfortunate that the American people feel helpless in matters of political policy.
The lever parents have over politics is the fact that the American people are the government, not the politicians we elected to their positions.
It is common to believe that politicians only listen to the people when they need their vote and to then vote for that person, we have become accustomed to the political rhetoric that promises and does not deliver.
We become excited when we hear politicians acquiesce to our demands only to find that after the election the struggle to realize our demands begins.
The Rochester City School District wants parents to have their children take the State tests because it is through that testing they receive their funding. The more our children fail, the more money the district receives, more than 80% of which pays salary and benefits.
Our governor, mayor, and district leaders know this to be true, it is the parents who won’t accept the fact that they have entrusted their children to individuals who have no respect for them, their children, their circumstances, or culture.
They have no respect for the fact that we, the people of the United States, are the government and they are our elected public servants.
We must demand that our elected public servants stop giving us “lip service”.
We must demand that every child in America is able to receive a free and public education that is developmentally appropriate, founded in the Arts, experiential, and concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively involved citizens.
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