This is an essential question because this fight is about all of the children in Newark. Even if your child typically tests well with more rigorous tests, what about the child who doesn't? What about the 3rd grade student who has a problem with keyboard functions? What about all of our high school juniors who were not adequately prepared for this exam? Should they all be deemed failures and should our public schools lose money? These are all crucial instances, so for that reason, we need as many children and parents participating, even in the thousands, to have our voices heard. As a parent, you have a right over your child's education, therefore, you can refuse for them to take a test. Commissioner David Hespe even said once that no one can physically force a child to take a test. In protection of parents and student rights, we ask that parents sign the Refusal Letters given below. Newark Students Union plans to scan a copy of every refusal that we personally receive or via email so that we can hand-deliver the bulk of papers to the Superintendent on February 23rd, 2015. Also on this day, one person from each school will collect all of the letters to turn in to the Principal in order that we comply with the law and for the sake of educational accommodations being made for students who will not participate in the test. Since the letters are given in a week in advance, ensure that there are proper accommodations for your child before the test has begun. WE WANT INSTRUCTIONAL TIME, NOT TEST PREP! Below is the refusal letter for New Jersey. To all of our advantage, below that, its even in Spanish!