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New York City: Teachers Warned Not to Speak About Opting Out

on March 25, 2016

First Amendment? What First Amendment? Apparently, not for New York City teachers.

Diane Ravitch's blog

While the state of New York is scrambling to respond to the outraged parents who opted out of state tests last year, New York City is threatening teachers who dare to speak about opting out.

Last spring, 20% of the state’s eligible students opted out (about a quarter million students), but the numbers were much lower in New York City. Some attribute this to the fear of losing funding. Whatever the reason, less than 2% of students in New York City refused the tests.

The city wants to keep the numbers low.

According to the New York Times:

At a forum in December, Anita Skop, the superintendent of District 15 in Brooklyn, which had the highest rate of test refusals in the city last year, said that for an educator to encourage opting out was a political act and that public employees were barred from using their positions to make…

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