From the Morning Memo:

Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law School professor who challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo in last year’s Democratic primary, recorded a robocall informing parents of their right to not have students take state tests.

The call is part of a growing campaign to have students not take standardized tests and potentially dilute results for teacher evaluations.

Teachout’s call was received by parents on Sunday evening and directs recipients to the website of New York Allies for Public Education, which provides further details on how to opt out of state tests.

In the call, Teachout tells parents they have a “constitutional right” to have their children not take a standardized test in a public classroom.

Standardized testing begins this week in New York schools for the next two weeks.

The New York State United Teachers union, along with their allied groups, is encouraging parents to not have their children participating in the testing.

The opt out push began right before Cuomo and state lawmakers approved new teacher evaluation criteria in the state budget.

The legislation would require teachers be evaluated based on one test, plus in-classroom observation. A second test would be subject to collective bargaining on the local level.

The state Department of Education would determine how much weight to give the tests versus classroom observation.

But NYSUT, along with other labor-backed groups like the Working Families Party, are seeking to have parents keep their children from taking the standardized testing this month.

Lawmakers, too, have sought the passage of measures that would require the state Department of Education to inform parents of their right to have their children opt out.

The Cuomo administration has insisted the education measures in the budget will put in motion a plan to reduce the amount of testing in schools overall.

Nevertheless, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul added last week that having children opt out could be harmful down the road.

“The truth is, I think if you hold you’re children back from this kind of participation, it could be doing them a disservice,” Hochul said. “But if they want to make an individual decision going down that path, there are consequences in the future that I’d be concerned about.”