Parent Stacey Gyorgyi worked with lawmakers on both bills. She said this one was designed to discourage a veto by not specifically saying that students can opt out of testing. Instead, the legislation focuses on possible consequences.
“The parent has a right to refuse whether it’s in law or not,” she said. “What I need is a law that says when the parent refuses, the child will not be punished.” The legislation requires school districts to develop “alternate instructional activities” during testing periods for students who refuse the test.
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