A Pacific Justice Institute attorney, Michael Peffer, sent a legal demand letter last week to Principal CJ Foss of Calabasas High School, which is near Malibu in Los Angeles County. In an e-mail to parents, Principal Foss had claimed that incoming seniors would not be able to participate in senior activities or receive parking and off-campus passes if their parents had opted them out of statewide testing this spring. California law specifically gives parents the right to decline statewide testing for their students, and a high percentage of parents did so this year at Calabasas, due to the highly controversial implementation of new testing aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “We are pleased that Principal Foss appears to be abandoning her ill-conceived attempt to retaliate against students for exercising their educational rights. At the same time, her public statements indicate that she does not fully appreciate the school’s legal obligations to respect parents’ decisions about testing. We will continue to work toward full resolution to ensure this type of retaliation does not happen again to our clients or anyone else.”
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