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Can Teachers Talk About Opt Out?

on April 13, 2016

When did teachers lose the right to free speech? As long as they are not publicly criticizing the tests on the grounds of the school, they are acting as private citizens and have a right to state their opinions.
And who the hell knows better than actual classroom teachers how these tests are affecting students?

Daniel Katz, Ph.D.

New York City teachers Jia Lee, Lauren Cohen, and Kristin Taylor risked disciplinary action recently to speak with NBC news about their opposition to the state testing system and their support of the Opt Out movement.

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This was no small act on their part because the NYC DOE has sent multiple signals that it does not tolerate classroom teachers speaking against the tests which have been occupying schools’ time and attention this month.  District 15 Superintendent Anita Skop stated her belief that any teacher encouraging opt outs was engaging in political speech and that such acts were not permissible for teachers speaking as teachers. A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said that teachers are free to speak as private citizens but not to speak as “representatives of the department,” and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said “I don’t think that the teachers’ putting themselves in the middle of…

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One response to “Can Teachers Talk About Opt Out?

  1. PiedType says:

    Right you are. The teachers know the situation better than anyone.

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