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Indianapolis, Ind. (February 15th) -- Parents and teachers are planning to rally at the statehouse on Monday. They're showing support for State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and pushing for changes in education.

"We want people to respect the will of 1.3 million voters who elected the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. We’d like to see that role honored," said Marilyn Shank, a member of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education.

Monday is also the earliest day that state leaders could submit a plan to the legislature to shorten the ISTEP test, as promised. The test was set to be as long as 12 hours before changes were announced on Friday.

“Students aren’t getting a full education," said Parents Across America memebr Delana Ivey.  "We’ve taken humanity out with students be tested, tested, tested… the arts go away, gym goes away... we’re not creating whole, human beings," Ivey said.

Some parents, like Ivey, have decided not to let their kids take the test, and plan to share that option with other parents at the rally.

“The high stakes testing is just one symptom of what’s going on," said Merry Juerling from Opt. Out National.

"Parents have to show-up and speak-up, and until then, parents have a federally protected right to opt their kids out of high stakes standardized testing," Juerling said.

Monday's rally starts at 2 p.m. inside the North Atrium at the Indiana Statehouse on 200 W. Washington Street.