3rd Grade Parents v. FLDOE
This past spring, hundreds of families consciously chose to participate, though only minimally, in the Third Grade FSA and their children, therefore, received no test scores. Many students (including many who failed the FSA) were promoted based on additional testing/alternative assessments, such as the SAT10, IOWA or the state's battery of "portfolio tests."
A number of courageous parents have refused all further testing for purposes of promotion. They are demanding that their children be promoted based on the work they did all year long, evidenced by satisfactory report cards or actual portfolios of their children's work - a more authentic assessment than any single test could possibly be.
These third grade students from across Florida, who have been proven proficient, or who have otherwise proved they met state standards, are, nevertheless, marked for retention, simply due to the lack of a state test (FSA) score. Their families are legally challenging the Florida Department of Education and the enforcement of mandatory third grade retention.
The goal is to have the statute, which allows third grade retention, found unconstitutional and unenforceable. The implications of a positive outcome from this case are significant and far-reaching.
The case is moving forward immediately and the initial cost of $17,000.00 must be raised as soon as possible. These funds will cover the attorney's retainer, filing fees and court costs and GoFundMe fees.
On behalf of the courageous families, who are pursuing this important legal challenge, The Opt Out Florida Network is the single point of contact for information and we are accepting donations to support this important effort via GoFundMe.
You can learn more at theoptoutfloridanetwork.wordpress.com
Donations to this legal fund are not tax deductible.
There were some issues with bandwidth at the beginning. The attorney speaking first is for the FLDOE.
Now we wait for the decision and continue to raise funds for the plaintiffs.
Tomorrow, February 7th at 9:00 AM, oral argument will be heard in the Florida First District Court of Appeal. Oral argument is where the attorneys appear and are questioned by justices of the The District Court of Appeals. Attorneys for the Districts, The FLDOE and for the Plaintiff families will all be present.
You are able to watch a live stream at: http://www.1dca.org/ustream.html
Please continue to support the families by donating to the fundraiser on their behalf. This can not move forward without you.
Last year families across Florida refused to allow their third graders to be assessed on one day of testing. They stood up for all students, YOUR students, and insisted that #180DaysCount.
The Opt Out process is not easy. Civil disobedience is not easy. Some families took it a step further and filed suit against their districts and the Florida Department of Education.
February 7th the attorneys, representing the Plaintiffs, will travel to Tallahassee to present argument in Appellate Court. This is the next step in the process before this case can move on.
We have asked for your financial support in the past. You have been generous. The Plaintiffs attorney has been generous…..VERY generous.
Currently there is an outstanding expense bill of $2609.00, for the subpoenas served. Next Tuesday the Plaintiffs will accrue additional expenses for the attorney to travel from Sarasota to Tallahassee. While billable time has been reduced, the Plaintiffs MUST keep up with these expenses. We all need to be committed to assist in raising the dollars it will take to pursue the case.
For this case to continue we must support it. Please make a donation today!
On behalf of the Plaintiff families, thank you.
Please make a donation today at Gofundme.com/StopGr3Retention or send a check directly to Ms Mogensen, at the address below. Note this bill if you make a payment directly to her.
If you have been waiting, please don't wait another day!
On behalf of the Plaintiff families, we thank you.
Read more about the case here: https://theoptoutfloridanetwork.wordpress.com/tag/180dayscount/
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My son, a very caring special 12 year old will be donating on Monday. He asked me if he could. How could I say no? After all, he will be part of helping us make history. If a 12 year old can donate, I know every adult can too. Please don't pass up this opportunity to be part of history. We will be setting a precedent not just for our state, but for our country. It's time to take back our schools!
Thank you to everyone who continues to support this fundraiser. Your support is even more important than ever. As the families move to Phase II of this lawsuit, the state and districts' high priced attorneys are making no secret of their attempts to bury the plaintiffs in paper. Let's show them that they can't win by default. Make #180DaysCount for all kids.
This issue is too important to ignore! Michelle Rhea was a guest on the Made U.S. Strong Podcast last night. The episode is now online - http://madeusstrong.us/episode-2-david-v-goliath-parents-challenge-the-fl-doe/
Brevard County here. Please support Darcey Addo for School board. She is the ONLY candidate who has and will continue to fight for a change in the misuse of standardized high stakes testing. Her opponent, although she is using OPT OUT in her campaign, has dropped the ball on advocating for this issue.
wow 17000 dollars for a couple months. The lawyers are raking in the money. I understand its a big deal but it certianley is not discounted