This is awesome!! Good for your community. I’m sharing this with another person @patm here who is advocating for kids as well.
Thank you so much for posting this! I do have plans to address the board and superintendent as well.
After watching the video, I am wondering if it is possible to contact or have a statement my Susan Dunaway (not sure of spelling) who can help to formulate letters/statements to school boards. I was trying to take notes but I would prefer to have a copy. Thank you!
Another request for help, I would like to know if there are laws or school guidelines in California, specifically, that says I can’t opt out of tech or 1:1 program. I think that if they schools don’t want to do it school-wide, then I would like to have the legal option to say no and request paper textbooks. The schools have to provide that if I don’t give my permission for laptops, tablets, etc., right?
Unfortunetly I do not know the answer to this, so apologies for cluttering the thread. Just wanted you to know if you needed any kind of student support/a speaker/testimoney to help you case, I live in California and would be gald to support you in anyway I can.
@becks Some schools in CA will say they are a “non-opt out” school blah blah blah. These schools just don’t want to deal with people who disagree with them!
You can formulate a letter to the superintendent- copy your principle and tell him/her separately so there won’t be any surprises. Say why you do t want your kid to participate in Edtech activities or use computers at school. Mention there is no education to students about potential harms. List some harms but don’t go into details on all of them. But make your complaint broad enough to cover most students- so they can’t just say these family has a special circumstance we can’t accomodate.
Get what I’m saying? You can ask for CAASP testing to be in paper too…
Let’s stay in touch on this subject. Perhaps we can write a letter together to use as a form for other parents to use.
I’d like to reply to “Becks” but for some reason I’m not seeing how to do that. You can access info on Susan Dunaway in the below link or email me at email@example.com and I can get you her info. We are in both in Kansas City. We just had our first school district “digital learning task force” meeting to address parent concerns of the districts 1:1 digital learning. It is clear those administrators leading the meeting do not want to do a comprehensive review of the last 5 years of 1:1 that we are pushing for. Either they haven’t been doing their job of tracking the performance or they don’t like the results. One of our questions is this – do you have agreements with any company of these digital tools that allows their company to mine data? Our district has allowed over 200+ apps to be downloaded. Some of which we are finding reward students for watching advertising! Apps are misleading and they change their content over time. Schools cannot keep up with this stuff. http://www.facetofacemovement.com/the-experts.html
I would love to see a parent organize all of the parents to request 504 plans. Just get your child’s health care provider to write a letter with some sort of a diagnosis (at risk for video game addiction, for example) and say that the child requires accommodations in school pursuant to IDEA. If you can get a whole group of parents to do this, the principal might wake up.