An e-mail sent from a high-ranking official in the Rochester Central School District has rattled some teachers who believe they are being bullied for possibly having encouraged students and parents to opt out of the Common Core state exams.

The e-mail, sent from Beverly Burrell-Moore to principals in the school district, demanding that they “identify teachers who have sent letters or made phone calls to parents encouraging them to opt out their children from the NYS Assessments.”

The district official also asks principals to “identify teachers who you have evidence as utilizing their classrooms as ‘political soap boxes.’”

Burrell-Moore is listed as the district’s Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.

The head of the teacher’s union in Rochester said they were “appalled” by the letter and claimed it was “an infringement on the academic freedom and the constitutional rights of teachers.”

The letter clearly hints that some form of punishment could be the result of the finger-pointing, as the information is necessary for “follow up.”

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