Tracy and Mary Finney thought they were meeting with the principal at West Side Elementary in
Marietta, Georgia, this morning to discuss the their choice to opt out of Standardized State Testing
for their children. Instead, they were met by a police officer who told the Finney’s that their decision to “oppose something the school is trying to do” is considered “kind of a trespassing situation.”
“I certainly didn’t wake up this morning thinking I was going to meet with police at my children’s school,” said Tracy Finney, father of 9 year old and 11 year old students attending West Side Elementary.
The Finney family had emailed letters to the school’s principal informing the school that they were “refusing” the Georgia State Standardized Test on behalf of two of their children.
“These test practices are so stressful for our kids,” Finney said. “They can’t sleep at night because of the anxiety of failing the test.”
Georgia State Statute mandates that all children must take these tests to determine if they will be promoted to the next grade level.
Finney stated that his children were not allowed on campus during testing time if they were not taking the test. Finney agreed that he would bring his children to school later in the morning after the testing had ended.
However, later he received an email from the school’s principal, Dr. Karen Smits, stating that the children would still be tested whenever they returned to school, regardless of whether or not the parents agreed.
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