SED Dismisses Refuse the Test/Sit and Stare Appeal But Parents Still Have Rights

Schools of Thought Hudson Valley, NY

The below Decision was recently issued by Commissioner Beth Berlin on an appeal filed by parents who refused the test and appealed the districts sit and stare policy. Its no surprise to me, the Commissioner dismissed the appeal at the outset on a procedural grounds. Beyond that, the Commissioner also dismissed the appeal on the merits. Thats the bad news.

The good news, is that this doesnt mean that you should NOT refuse the grades 3-8 state assessments, you should.

This does NOT mean that you should simply accept it if your district is sit and stare, by all means challenge it!

All this means, is that if your district doesnt cooperate and you file an appeal to SED, you will likely not be successful – so save your money.

Lobby your BOE to make changes regarding sit and stare and lobby the BOE to implement an alternate activity, the…

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