Do not underestimate the effectiveness of the Opt Out movement in New York.

 

Governor Cuomo, who made education policy his big issue last year, has gone off on other issues.

 

The Board of Regents is now led by an experienced educator who has the support of the Opt Out parents.

 

And Dr. Betty Rosa has not disappointed.

 

At a recent forum, she said that standardized testing was “abusive” for some students with disabilities and English language learners.

 

This is a new tone coming from New York State’s highest education official.

 

It conflicts rather sharply with the pro-testing, pro-Common Core, anti-opt out policies of the state commissioner MaryEllen Elia. This should be interesting.