3rd Grade Parents v. FLDOE

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cindy Hamilton  ORLANDO, FL
David v Goliath: Parents prepare to challenge the FL DOE
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.
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Update 62
Posted by Cindy Hamilton
1 hour ago
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#180DaysCount Third Grade Retention lawsuit Plaintiff, Michelle Rhea, explains why the suit is important to you. Support the Plaintiffs at gofundme.com/StopGr3Retention today. They CAN NOT take this to the Florida Supreme Court without your donations.
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Update 61
Posted by Cindy Hamilton
4 days ago
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Thank you for all of the continued support to insure that #180DaysCount for our third grade students.
Your generous donations can get this case to The Florida Supreme Court!
The Plaintiffs have a deadline coming up to raise $7400.00 for the attorney to continue to provide representation. This is just a small fraction of the total legal bill so we have to do it.
Give what you can and spread the word.
Thank you,
Cindy Hamilton
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Update 60
Posted by Cindy Hamilton
7 days ago
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A heartfelt message from Michelle Rhea, a Plaintiff in the Third Grade Retention Lawsuit. Watch and share. They can not do it without you. #180DaysCount
Please click on "read more" to access the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLF0gjVOifc
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Update 59
Posted by Cindy Hamilton
13 days ago
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The Plaintiff families are now deciding if they will take this case to Florida's Supreme Court. Let's show them it matters to all of us!
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Tracy Damron-Roelle
8 months ago

Thank you, Mr. Soto! It's nice to see someone walk the walk when saying they support our students and teachers. You, sir, are a rare find.

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Cindy Hamilton
8 months ago

From NaturePlay For anyone donating $300 or more to this cause we will offer you a free film screening license of NaturePlay -Take Childhood Back. Donate to the Go Fund Me and then contact us to confirm your screening. https://www.facebook.com/natureplayfilm/?rc=p

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Sandy Stenoff
8 months ago
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8

Thank you, Righteous Anonymous Donor(RAD), who put us over $5,000 last night!!! Totally RAD!

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Sandy Stenoff
8 months ago
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8

Huge THANK YOU to Osceola School Board Member, Kelvin Soto for putting your money where your mouth is and supporting these courageous families!

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Michelle Rhea
8 months ago
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6

I want to thank each and every person that has made a donation! It is just blessing my heart so much to see the outpouring of community support. We are not just fighting for our kids we are fighting for yours!! Thank you so much for standing with us!

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Megan Hahn
8 months ago
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5

The employees that determined this child be "retained" need to seek employment elsewhere, not working with children and parents since they refuse to!

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Sandy Stenoff
7 months ago
4
4

Thank you to each and everyone, who has given, great and small. Every dollar counts!

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Sandy Stenoff
7 months ago
4
4

THANK YOU to Rosemarie Jensen, teacher extraordinaire, for pushing us to $13,000! WOOT!!!!!

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Pam Dix Everett
8 months ago
4
4

Thank you Mario Littman , candidate for Hernando County School Board District 2. You are helping to lead the way for our children.

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Pam Dix Everett
8 months ago
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4

Michael Angelo Gordon is a candidate for Hernando County School Board- District 2. He is walking the talk saying he supports our students and teachers. We THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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Scott Hastings
8 months ago
3
3

Thank you Marie-Claire Leman!! And to all the have donated to our FIGHT. We must keep this going. To all, please share & spread the word. #180DaysCount

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Laura Oosse McCrary
8 months ago
3
3

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!

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Pam Dix Everett
8 months ago
3
3

Correction Michael Angelo Gordon is running for Hernando County School Board- District 4 ( could not edit the first post)

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Sandy Stenoff
7 months ago
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2

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.

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Scott Hastings
8 months ago
2
2

Thank you all that has donated to this point. It means the world to us. Please keep sharing, And lets bring these HIGH STAKES TESTING to an END! Again THANK YOU!!!

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Michelle Rhea
7 months ago
1
1

Big thanks to my daddy and momma in love! Family support is so important!! This fight is for your baby girl!

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Made US Strong
6 months ago

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/

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Liz Kelly Mikitarian
6 months ago

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.

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Lori Nelson
7 months ago

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

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$27,548 of $80k goal

Raised by 645 people in 8 months
Created July 12, 2016
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cindy Hamilton  
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Karla Stogsdill
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C Laguerre
4 days ago
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Thank you for fighting for our children!

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Chris Epstein
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Erin Buzan
5 days ago
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Anything you need and I can do it...It's yours.

DH
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Daphne Holden
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A Coastal Cottage
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I'm still here, fighting with you. I will send what I can when I can and am rallying others to do the same. Thank you!

$50
Amy Shoemaker
7 days ago
2
2

Thank you so much for fighting for our children!❤

$100
Bradd Walker
7 days ago
2
2
Tracy Damron-Roelle
8 months ago

Thank you, Mr. Soto! It's nice to see someone walk the walk when saying they support our students and teachers. You, sir, are a rare find.

+ Read More
Cindy Hamilton
8 months ago

From NaturePlay For anyone donating $300 or more to this cause we will offer you a free film screening license of NaturePlay -Take Childhood Back. Donate to the Go Fund Me and then contact us to confirm your screening. https://www.facebook.com/natureplayfilm/?rc=p

+ Read More
Sandy Stenoff
8 months ago
8
8

Thank you, Righteous Anonymous Donor(RAD), who put us over $5,000 last night!!! Totally RAD!

+ Read More
Sandy Stenoff
8 months ago
8
8

Huge THANK YOU to Osceola School Board Member, Kelvin Soto for putting your money where your mouth is and supporting these courageous families!

+ Read More
Michelle Rhea
8 months ago
6
6

I want to thank each and every person that has made a donation! It is just blessing my heart so much to see the outpouring of community support. We are not just fighting for our kids we are fighting for yours!! Thank you so much for standing with us!

+ Read More
Megan Hahn
8 months ago
5
5

The employees that determined this child be "retained" need to seek employment elsewhere, not working with children and parents since they refuse to!

+ Read More
Sandy Stenoff
7 months ago
4
4

Thank you to each and everyone, who has given, great and small. Every dollar counts!

+ Read More
Sandy Stenoff
7 months ago
4
4

THANK YOU to Rosemarie Jensen, teacher extraordinaire, for pushing us to $13,000! WOOT!!!!!

+ Read More
Pam Dix Everett
8 months ago
4
4

Thank you Mario Littman , candidate for Hernando County School Board District 2. You are helping to lead the way for our children.

+ Read More
Pam Dix Everett
8 months ago
4
4

Michael Angelo Gordon is a candidate for Hernando County School Board- District 2. He is walking the talk saying he supports our students and teachers. We THANK YOU!!!!!!!

+ Read More
Scott Hastings
8 months ago
3
3

Thank you Marie-Claire Leman!! And to all the have donated to our FIGHT. We must keep this going. To all, please share & spread the word. #180DaysCount

+ Read More
Laura Oosse McCrary
8 months ago
3
3

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!

+ Read More
Pam Dix Everett
8 months ago
3
3

Correction Michael Angelo Gordon is running for Hernando County School Board- District 4 ( could not edit the first post)

+ Read More
Sandy Stenoff
7 months ago
2
2

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.

+ Read More
Scott Hastings
8 months ago
2
2

Thank you all that has donated to this point. It means the world to us. Please keep sharing, And lets bring these HIGH STAKES TESTING to an END! Again THANK YOU!!!

+ Read More
Michelle Rhea
7 months ago
1
1

Big thanks to my daddy and momma in love! Family support is so important!! This fight is for your baby girl!

+ Read More
Made US Strong
6 months ago

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/

+ Read More
Liz Kelly Mikitarian
6 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Lori Nelson
7 months ago

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

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