California allows parents to exempt their children from statewide assessments, known in the state as CAASP. Due to a wide range of concerns about common core and the new tests aligned with it, some communities recently saw high percentages of parents exercise their statutory right to opt out. By some estimates, 75% of high school juniors at Calabasas High School in western Los Angeles County opted out of the CAASP tests.
The principal’s attempt to punish incoming seniors with loss of parking and other privileges for exercising their rights is infuriating parents, who reached out to PJI. On Wednesday, PJI Senior Counsel Michael J. Peffer fired off a letter to Principal Foss demanding that the illegal retaliation be rescinded immediately.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “A principal absolutely cannot punish students because their parents exercised their legal rights. We have now seen a number of educrats pretend as though these opt-out rights do not exist, but this is a new low. We are taking aggressive action to ensure this brazen attempt to deny parents’ rights is stopped in its tracks.”
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