Willamette Week has a story about the growing opt-out movement driven by parents and students tired of the increasing stakes of the test-and-punish policies pushed by our state and national education policies and the businesses and wealthy who wrote them. The headline and subheadline are odd and not in line with the rest of the story, but it’s well worth reading:
“Vernon isn’t the only school with significant numbers of students opting out. Beach K-8 School in North Portland, Chapman Elementary School and Metropolitan Learning Center in Northwest Portland, and Sunnyside Environmental School and Glencoe Elementary School in Southeast Portland all saw higher opt-out numbers last year.”
The online comments by parents and community members engaging each other is also worth reading. Really.
Politico takes a look at opting-out as it spreads across the country, including a mention of Oregon.