Without a Hitch

So, today I walked into school at about 9:45. They notified me that I was late and that I couldn’t take the test with everyone else because of it, and then just said to head on down to the library. That’s all that happened-either there was a lesson learned from the huge fuss last year, being late is just a risk-free way to get out of them, or there is secret plan here I don’t know about.

Tomorrow, I have a dentist appointment in the morning, so I don’t even have to try to be late; on Wednesday, though, I don’t know what time the make-ups are, so I’ll just do the same thing but prepare to refuse the test in case I don’t miss them.

Well, things are going well, though I will admit that I prefer refusal; being late is getting out of them, but refusing to take them shows that I have reason.

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Testing Comes Back Around

So…no news on the lunch petition. If something happens, I will let you know. But for now…end of year testing has come back. The big differences: 1. We’ve done this before now, and we have more research at our backs. And 2. MSLs are now being called ‘Final Exams’. It looks like they’re not part of your grade, but I can’t be certain; I’ve definitely heard it both ways. A lot. And as for the EOGs, they’re EOGs, but for seventh to eighth grade, my math EOG scores (opt-out-ers at my school have really low ‘1’s, if you would recall my school’s wonderful policy) will also dictate which math class you are in the next year.

I’ve heard that if you miss some of the testing days, including the make-up EOG day, then they can’t test you after that. And if they can in fact, then I’ll fall back on refusal to test (like last year). Can’t be sure how it’ll go, but it should be easier than last year.

Oh, and here’s the testing schedule for next week (at least, for my grade in my school): Monday-Math EOG. Tuesday-Language Arts EOG. Wednesday-EOG makeups. Thursday-Science Final Exam. And Friday-Social Studies Final Exam. Yeah, that’s right, testing all week.

Alright then…unless something happens between then and now, the earliest I’ll be able to write about how it went down is after school on Monday.

Everything according to plan, write to you then! Have a wonderful (and hopefully not stressful) weekend.

Lunch Petition, 3rd Report

So, one of my friends comes up to me a couple of days ago in the hallway. She hands me the petition back. I ask her, “Are they going to do anything about it?” And guess what her answer was:

No. We had a petition of students with 207 signatures on it, and (to their credit) it was the first thing that the committee talked about at their meeting, but they’re not going to change it at all.

So, what we figure right now is that either we run the petition through again and see if we get different results a second time, or we find something else to try.

What does everyone reading this think we can do here? Really, if you have an idea, please do comment.

Well, thanks for tuning in for this episode of “How Many Times Do We Have To Say This Before Someone Will Listen”! See you next time, on N.C. Ed. Network.

(The original petition post link, and the 2nd petition post link here!)

Two Things

There are two major things that have been going around in my school lately.

One, we seem to have been experiencing a paper shortage. I’m not sure where the process got blocked, whether it was that there isn’t as much paper available or if it is just that we can’t afford as much, but teachers have been having us do things like write our warm-ups on our own papers, because they didn’t want to waste the paper with hand-outs.

Two, the school’s budget. It has become something of a joke to many of us. When we received our science textbooks this year, there were not enough to give one book to every student, so only the kids that specifically wanted one could get one. The school also has several fundraisers, typically one or more a month, from dances to bake sales to book fairs to school merchandise sales to days when everyone at the school is invited to Chic-fil-A.

So, basically, schools need funding so that they can get simple things like paper and textbooks. It really shouldn’t be as hard as it is. But, well, at least we still have a well-furnished library.

Videos From L.A.

Here are two videos from L.A.

My favorite part of the fists one is the end of number 45, at about 7:30:00.

06-18-13RegularBd – Jun 18th, 2013.

Favorite part of this next one: about 5:34:20, Steven Zimmer talks passionately about class sizes and such.

http://lausd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=58

However, those are only very small parts of both videos; all of both are still absolutely worth watching!

Video: Parent Trigger Explained

Bah…it’s late and I am sleepy.  Zoe, Quinn and I worked hard on this video outlining what our sense of things is after researching the Parent Trigger as applied in the state of CA.  We read through reams of online pages.  And honestly, there are many sides to this issue…ahem…to this “law”.  It can be applied in ways that make sense.  But what the heck are corporations doing enacting laws regarding education.  If there isn’t a profit to be gleaned, by the very definition of Return On Investment (ROI), no corporation is going to support this kind of law without an expected return.  The ROI here is to turn your children, my children, our children into one of these:

$$$$$$

Children who legally must attend school are not a revenue stream for a public school.  The money that goes with each child to their school in the form of taxes barely covers costs because of what politician’s and elected officials do with it.  But for a corporation, for a corporate charter school system…children become a source of revenue.  A guaranteed source of revenue for 12 years per child.  Corporate America, it isn’t just for selling stuff anymore…now education is business.  How do you encourage parents to ‘see the light’ and put their children into a charter school run by a corporation?  One way is to put corporate money into a front that appears to be all about parental rights, while all along you are just getting them to help your company open up the schoolhouse doors for guaranteed revenue.  When we looked at the website for Parent Revolution and Parent Trigger we were all scratching our heads.  We were sitting there reading it and just flabbergasted.  It is so transparent that it makes no sense that anyone would believe it, let alone be duped into actually trusting it.  It’s a crazy world out there folks.

Day 3-Victory over MSL

I must be brief…gotta get ready for work.

First of all I just really want to thank the huge number of people who have written to us with words of encouragement and support.  To some people this may seem a trivial thing.  But believe me, when someone is telling you that your child is breaking the law, and that they are forbidden from attending school…it tends to be a time when you would really like some support. So Zoe and I are very grateful for it.

9:20 already?  Yikes!  Okay…here is the brief version…

  • We started off with the full cooperation of the County Test Coordinator and school Principal, being given an all clear for Zoe to just sit in and not test.
  • Then when test day came I was told to pick my daughter up and was mailed the following sentiment from the school district’s lawyer from the Principal: There is no legal avenue for excusing your child from the exam.  And I was invited to actually withdraw my child from the school…the Principal even hinted to my daughter that she could withdraw and be homeschooled.
  • I threatened lawyer’s and my daughter decided to go to school anyway in order to demand her legal right to be at school.
  • Today she is in school and I got this email from the Principal…which is a complete about face in stance…”Zoe may certainly come to school today.  As I’ve said, if she is here we are to test her.  If she sits and refuses to complete the test it will be scored as such as it is a computer test.”

They backed down when we called their bluff and then acted as if they had never threatened to have her removed from school…But the point isn’t their role reversal.  The point is that consistent civil disobedience calls their bluff because there is NO law that enforces a student’s removal from school for not taking a test.  I have made a video outlining a bit more as well to come later today.