Anti-Common Core parents in SC say they have been threatened with jail

Parents in South Carolina say they have been threatened with jail if the opt their children out of testing.
Parents in South Carolina say they have been threatened with jail if the opt their children out of testing.

A report published late Wednesday by World Net Daily says parents participating the a nationwide “revolt” against Common Core claim they are being threatened with jail over their stance. Tamra Hood, a member of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education, said the state Education Department’s Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Carpentier, warned parents could spend 30 days in jail if even a single day of testing is missed.

A memo obtained by Breitbart News that was sent to district superintendents by State Superintendent Molly Spearman, titled “Testing Requirements for All Students,” stated the following:

“There is no statutory provision for parents to opt their children out of testing. The State, districts, and schools are required by state and federal law to administer assessments to all public school students. Please ensure that your district and school leaders are consistently communicating that the schools’ obligation is to administer tests to all students. Because of that obligation, it would not be appropriate to provide alternative activities for students in lieu of testing.”

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