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Legislators Support Common Core Parental Refusal Act [AUDIO]

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A bi-partisan group of state legislators, including Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, were joined by parents, students and educators in Albany today, calling for passage of the “Common Core Parental Refusal Act.”

Tenney says the legislation would require that school districts notify parents of their rights to refuse to have their children in grades 3 through 8 take part in the Common Core standardized tests.

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The legislation has Republican and Democratic sponsors in both houses of the state legislature.

“An over-reliance on flawed testing is more problematic than productive in assessing a student’s intellectual capacity, and students are already being punished enough by making them take poorly designed tests,” said Griffo, who is co-sponsoring this legislation in the Senate. “We shouldn’t further punish these students, their teachers and their schools when they refuse to take these flawed tests.”

In 2014, parents of 60,000 students refused Common Core tests.

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