In response to The Frederick News-Post‘s article, “Test-exemption bill inspired by Frederick family considered by House panel,” (Friday’s edition), some of the legislators, and perhaps the readers, don’t understand what we are really asking for in HB 1204 (Ben’s Rule).
Although we would like to see a law that sets forth a procedure for children to opt out like they have in California, Wisconsin, Utah, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Oregon and Colorado, or state Board of Education regulations like North Carolina, Massachusetts and Washington state, that is NOT what we are asking, because we know it isn’t possible right now. We are asking for recognition of a civil right — refusal. No money is in jeopardy, even if there were a law. No state has ever lost funding because of an opt-out or refusal law/regulation.
Twenty-two non-special education students in Frederick County refused last year because they have a right to. We are asking for recognition of that same right for Ben and his peers (should they want it).
We are asking for equal treatment, nothing more.