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.

Cindy Rose

Knoxville

(4) comments

jgrose79

He should be able to opt out. It's actually more discriminatory to not let him be able to opt out. I don't understand those who are putting politics into your child's physical handicaps. He cant speak for himself ams shouldn't be forced to tale tests which become torturous. Anyone who says he shouldn't because they don't like your politics are simply despicable and ruthless individuals. Can folks please grow a heart?

shiftless88

But I ask again; what is the actual harm to him? Does it harm his education in some manner? Does it stunt his progress?

Patricia Kelly

No, I don't think Ben understands things well enough to be traumatized. What it does is create a false test result, and falsely give the school good stats on test taking. The fact that anyone would even consider testing Ben is indicative of the flaws in the Common Core system.

shiftless88

CC, the favorite right-wing bogeyman

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