Long Island Moms “Opt Out and Shop Out!”

OMG. This is so cool. Newsday reports today that “opponents of Common Core testing plan an ‘Opt Out, Shop Out’ event at Roosevelt Field Mall on Saturday morning to encourage boycotts of state standardized tests being given in April to students in grades three through eight.”

I love Roosevelt Field. When I lived on Long Island during high school it was the hip place to go. What teenager doesn’t love to hang out at the mall? I’d hop on the bus and wander around what was then a sort of down-in-the-mouth collection of stores but now boasts upscale shops like Ann Taylor and Coach and Sephora and Stuart Weitzman.

Jeanette Deutermann of North Bellmore, the founder of Long Island Opt Out, told Newsday that participants in the “Opt Out, Shop Out” will “go about their usual activities” and everyone will get a free T-shirts bearing the words “Opt Out.”

Double bonus: the Stuart Weitzman boutique is having a sale on their popular “Mummy in Suede” sandals — only $465! Shoppers will be joined by luminaries like the president of the Levittown Teachers Union.

Carl Korn, spokesman for NYSUT, was fully supportive of the event, telling Newsday that “when parents make decisions in the best interests of their children, NYSUT is going to support that decision 100 percent of the time.”

Just remember to bring your credit cards!

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Laura Waters
Laura was weaned on education and equity issues because her mom was a social worker and her dad was a social studies teacher in New York City public schools. She can no more get this passion out of her blood than she can her New York accent, even though she has lived in Central Jersey now for over 20 years. She and her husband have four children, and her youngest has multiple disabilities. Laura has been on her local school board for 12 years. She keeps education leaders on their toes at NJ Left Behind.

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