Troy LaRaviere Writes an Open Letter to CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett

Diane Ravitch's blog

Troy LaRaviere, principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago, recently wrote an electrifying letter urging parents in his school, in his state, and in the nation to OPT OUT!

Now he has written an open letter to Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, reprimanding her for pressuring students not to opt out.

He writes:

Ms. Byrd-Bennett,

In response to parent and teacher support for opting children out of the PARCC Test, you sent a message to all CPS principals. It states:

“Please be advised that ISBE does not recognize a parent’s right to opt a child out of required student assessments, as there is no law in Illinois allowing this. While a parent cannot “opt a child out,” there may be students who refuse to participate in required state assessments.”

There are numerous faults and inconsistencies in your letter. I attempt to address a few of them…

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