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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

8th Grader Suspended for Informing Classmates of Standardized Test 'Opt-Out'

A New Mexico eighth-grader was suspended from school for letting her classmates know that they could opt out of the state's new online standardized test.
12-year-old Adelina Silva printed out the forms from her own school's website and was rewarded with a trip to the principal's office.
Adelina and her mother, Jacqueline Ellvinger, appeared on "Fox and Friends" this morning to explain what happened and why Adelina was punished.
"I wanted the parents to know that they had the option to let the student either take the test or not," Adelina said.
"I was sent to the principal's office for an hour and 20 minutes and then at the end of the day she ended up suspending me."
The school district released a statement, saying, "Santa Fe Public Schools supports a parent's right to opt his or her child out of state-mandated standardized testing ... no students in the district have been disciplined for supporting or promoting this district policy of a parent's right to opt their child out of testing."
Ellvinger said her daughter's rights were violated even though she didn't do anything wrong.
"She did absolutely nothing wrong and yet they are making her feel like she did," Ellvinger said, adding that she's "furious" and has spoken to the state's senators.

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