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Fox News reported that an eighth grade student was suspended in New Mexico for telling her classmates about their right to opt out. She found the forms for opting out on her own school’s website. The Santa Fe school district reiterated that students have the right to opt out. Yet she was suspended for doing what everyone seemed to agree was legal and right. For her common sense and courage, I place Adelina Silva on the blog’s honor roll. Not only did she do the right thing, she said she would do it again.
12-year-old Adelina Silva printed out the forms from her own school’s website and was rewarded with a trip to the principal’s office.
Adelina and her mother, Jacqueline Ellvinger, appeared on “Fox and Friends” this morning to explain what happened and why Adelina was punished.
“I wanted the parents to know that they had the option to let the student either take the test or not,” Adelina said.
“I was sent to the principal’s office for an hour and 20 minutes and then at the end of the day she ended up suspending me.”
The school district released a statement, saying, “Santa Fe Public Schools supports a parent’s right to opt his or her child out of state-mandated standardized testing … no students in the district have been disciplined for supporting or promoting this district policy of a parent’s right to opt their child out of testing.”
Ellvinger said her daughter’s rights were violated even though she didn’t do anything wrong.
“She did absolutely nothing wrong and yet they are making her feel like she did,” Ellvinger said, adding that she’s “furious” and has spoken to the state’s senators.
Despite the negative reaction from the school, Adelina said she would do the same thing again.