Cortland parents to discuss testing opt out movement

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A panel of parents from Cortland, Ithaca and Dryden will describe their motivation for refusing to let schools administer to their children the standardized tests put in place by New York state, on Thursday, March 24, at SUNY Cortland.

Their presentation, “The Local Opt-Out Movement: Parents’ Responses to Standardized Testing Requirements,” begins at 7 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge.

The talk fits into SUNY Cortland’s yearlong program of lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions and concerts themed on “Where Are We?

Related: See how many Cortland County students opted out of state testing in 2015

The series explores the role that local communities play in the greater society’s achievement of economic health, environmental resilience and overcoming inequalities of all types. Presented by the College’s Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee (CICC), all the events are free and open to the public.

Two presentations during March remain. The April series will be announced soon.

During the panel presentation, these parents — who personify the movement to take control of the testing requirements for students by having their children “opt out” of the tests — will share how this local activism has spread beyond each family’s decision.

A question-and-answer and discussion period will follow. The event is co-sponsored by Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program.

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