Passage of H.B. # 50 is a major win for labor. Currently by law there are no consequences for student refusing to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment or for parents opting their child out ! What did students and parents really win?? NOTHING! The big win would be state repeal of the Smarter Balances Assessment.
If Governor Markell doesn’t veto H.B #50 the Washington wheels will turn to revoke the NCLB waivers or at best not extend them. Many schools will be required to restructure with new school leaders, teachers and very possibly convert to charter. Washington won’t try to withhold NCLB aka ESEA funds to states and schools but the REAL consequences will be losing the NCLB waviers.
Many labor leaders a cheering the opt-out legislation but when union dues paying teachers are booted out of jobs because of provision within NCLB re: mandatory restructuring, the union mother-ship will loose $$$$$$$.
Mark my word!!!!!!!!!!! If Governor Markell doesn’t veto there will be hell to pay! Sure the legislators can override a veto but Govenor Markell will be half way out of his last term.
The education house of cards will fall and state legislators will be holding the bag because the pulled an override on Markell.