3rd Grade Parents v. FLDOE

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.


cindy Hamilton
Orlando, FL

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