United Opt Out National just received the following report from Don Perl, President of the Coalition for Better Education in Colorado:
Yesterday I signed a contract with CBS Outdoor advertising for two billboards to go up after the first week of January 2013 and to run for a month. The billboards will once again alert parents that they have the right to exempt their children from the fraud of TCAP testing (formerly CSAP). One of the billboards will be on I-25 between Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The second one will be on the Western slope near Montrose. We have seen a remarkable increase in the number of parents exempting their children. If you look at our website at www.thecbe.org you will see that in 2010 there were 324 parent refusals while in 2011 there were 1,427. The word is going forth. But here is the hard part: We have an account in Weld Schools Credit Union of $600. The boards will cost $1,800. We need to raise $1200. So here I am soliciting funds for these boards. Anything you can send – anything at all will be wonderful and will go directly to our account and will be used to pay for the cost of the boards. We have no administrative costs. I’ll attach the photo of one of the boards from last year so you can see what it will look like this year.