Pickens County Residents Weigh Lawsuit Against School District ...
"We operate in Pickens County on fear," said Johnnelle Raines, a Pickens County resident and organizer of the meeting. "It's tyranny. They just wanted you to think you had some input. They thumbed their nose to the will of the people to keep those schools open."
As a way to fight back against the school district, Raines is asking parents to opt out of the standardized testing given in schools. As a former teacher, she said she saw the effects of pressure of standardized testing on students, teachers and administrators.
"What a child knows and doesn't know should be qualified over a whole year based on a series of tests, not just one test at the end of the year," Raines said. "Some teachers recognize this, but they have their hands tied. Parental right is something that is needed. Schools will tell you they are required to administer the tests, but they don't have the right force the child to take the test."