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Letter: Opting in, and saying it out loud

Children hold up signs during the first New

Children hold up signs during the first New York rally in "The Great American Opt Out" at Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

This may come back to haunt me, but I feel I must speak up ["What if we all opted out more often?" Letters, May 10].

I have rallied people for causes I'm passionate about, so I get it. The feeling that you are right, that you are making history, creating a better world -- it is somewhat addicting.

However, there are those who feel we are in the minority, so we don't speak out for fear of being attacked or accused of being a parent who only cares about her own child.

So this is for the parents who allowed our children to take the state tests. Most of us did the research and simply do not agree with the notion of opting out.

I've read the articles, blogs, Facebook posts and the recent state education reform legislation. I don't think the Common Core is evil, and I don't think the state tests have been designed to get rid of experienced teachers so the state can hire less-qualified, lower-paid teachers.

Our schools, students and teachers are being held to higher standards, and that's a good thing. The testing could have been implemented better and perhaps slower, and I agree that it is not appropriate for children with special needs. But overall, I'm in favor.

Lisa Burch, Rockville Centre

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