Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Pell for Students Who Are Incarcerated Experimental Site Initiative
Abstract: Through the Pell for Students who are Incarcerated experiment (also known as Second Chance Pell) the Department of Education will provide selected eligible postsecondary institutions with a waiver to the current statutory ban on incarcerated individuals, who are otherwise eligible, from receiving Federal Pell Grant funds to attend eligible postsecondary programs. The experiment aims to test whether participation in high-quality educational opportunities increases after access to financial aid for incarcerated adults is expanded and to examine how waiving the restriction influences individual academic and life outcomes.
This document has a comment period that ends in 30 days (12/30/2015)
Students in New York State who are incarcerated already receive an education while incarcerated.
Why is our government spending additional educational dollars to determine what everyone already knows, an excellent education most definitely “influences individual academic and life outcomes.”
It should not be necessary to increase the financial aid for incarcerated adults. Educational funding already exists for incarcerated youth and adults.
These additional education dollars will only fund more unnecessary research by “hedgehog” companies that collect data to be used to shore up their profits.
When we change the intent of education from creating a workforce to creating a knowledgeable, actively engaged citizenry;
when we change the language of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the individual gifts and talents that all children possess;
when we provide every child in America with a free and public education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based, and experiential;
when every child in America can attend a public school in their neighborhood that guarantees small class sizes and individualized attention;
it will no longer be necessary to provide an education to individuals who are incarcerated because that population of Americans will have already been educated and will have already made better decisions for their lives, avoiding incarceration.
We must begin to educate our children before we incarcerate them.
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