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Letter: Congrats for opting out of PARCC

Hats off to Greg Mikolai, chairman of school district 51’s board. He opted his son out of PARCC testing. It takes a great deal of courage to do this for a school board member, but I have always known Greg to be the kind of person who calls it as he sees it.

Another one of District 51’s school board members who needs accolades is Jeff Laney, who is planning to opt out his daughter from PARCC testing. Jeff is very brave, and I have always known him to be honest and accountable.

A parent called me to say that she opted all of her children out of PARCC testing in School District Re-2. Kellie Couey lives in New Castle. A very brave young woman indeed.

So listen up everyone, PARCC testing is taking too much time to complete and frustrates your kids and teachers, for example: ( 2+2 = 4; tell why 2+2 = 4). And please remember that PARCC tests Common Core Standards, both of which influence the curriculum your children learn and the results are used in your children’s teacher’s evaluations. What happen to local control? Also, let’s remember that data mining (questionnaire asking personal questions from your students that is given out to third parties without parental permission thanks to Arne Duncan and President Obama’s manipulation of the Family Education’s Right to Privacy Act) goes along with Common Core and PARCC testing.

Everyone, I would like to invite you to contact me at bsmith2330@aol.com or 970-986-8864 if you would like me to email or send you information on Common Core PARCC, data mining, etc.

Please be patient. Our efforts will pay off for we will get rid of Common Core and its derivatives, sooner than later. But we will all need to work together. I can see a difference from all of the wonderful efforts from all of those who have already taken a stand against Common Core and PARCC Testing. God bless a great nation that is exceptional. We Americans are hard to beat.

Barbara Ann Smith

Grand Junction

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