Alliance advocacy recently resulted in a “win” for our members with the California Department of Education. In March, Membership Chair Betsy Thagard and Waldorf administrators Chris Topham and Nikki Lloyd traveled to Sacramento to ask state officials for a permanent paper and pencil option for state computerized tests for the lower grades of Waldorf charter schools. CDE officials agreed with the Alliance that computerized testing for younger children conflicts with the mission of Waldorf charter schools and agreed to support our request for a permanent paper test option for grades 3-5. Since this request must go before several other state government bodies, the Alliance is now working with Eric Premack of the Charter Schools Development Center to make that option a reality. CDE’s support makes it much more likely that a permanent waiver will be made available to our California member schools. Stay tuned for future developments!
Reported by Betsy Thagard, Board of Directors