What Parents Can Do

"Should a school not do what's right for your child if it expects your child participates in CSAP, which is not for the child's benefit, but for the school's?"

Indeed, parents should have a lot of say in how their children are treated at school. Just because it is mandatory that our children attend school (unless we decide to homeschool) this should not mean that our children's needs can be ignored and neglected. Parents should be prepared to take action on their children's behalf! Learn why high-stakes testing is bad in this on-line brochure.


It is important to listen to your child to find out how he or she experiences school. Do not assume that a teacher or principal always knows best. Public education is (and always has been) guided by the interests of the business world.

Those in the system, especially administrators and schoolboard members, do not care about the "whole" child in the statistics they review, especially not now with the pressures and demands of No Child Left Behind. If they did, wouldn't they take seriously your concerns of how your child dreads going to school, or hates doing rote homework? Would they have eliminated recess and even play in kindergarten if they did care for children's well-being?

I hear stories from parents who have approached schoolboard members to share concerns, yet the reply they get is that what's offered now serves the majority of kids. They simply refuse to help improve the situation for any individual child. Where's the justice in that?

Parent Kelley Coffman-Lee is informing other parents to take a stand against CSAP. Read the CSAP flyer she's distributing.

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