POSITION ON OPT-OUT
Please contact ST CAUCUS with questions on our position.
Like our opponents, ST Caucus supports a parent’s right to refuse to allow his or her child to take abusive state tests. However, unlike our opponents, we intend to implement the I Refuse resolution that was unanimously adopted by the NYSUT delegates at the 2015 RA; this resolution asked all members of NYSUT to opt their own children out of these damaging tests. The ST Caucus recognizes that very little has changed for students still being compelled to sit for flawed assessments that are too long and yield little to no usable information. The Stronger Together Caucus has directly expressed frustration to our NYSUT officers that the message from headquarters to locals was not strong enough. ST Caucus will strengthen the meaningful partnerships with grassroots parent organizations like NYSAPE and Long Island OPT-OUT. Finally, all parents in New York State will know that NYSUT does not support these abusive state tests and will fight alongside them for their children.