While it is imperative that we fight to make our voice heard at the local and State level, we must remember that education policy is being determined by corporate influence at the Federal level.
The Federal Register is the publication the Federal government uses to inform the public of meetings, hearings, proposed legislation, grant funding, and reporting that comes before the various Committees formed to address issues of citizen concern.
Citizens concerned with specific issues can attend and speak at these meetings, testify at the hearings, provide written comments on proposed legislation and apply for grant funding through the Federal Register.
The response of the 99% is woefully missing from this opportunity to be heard which makes the sound bites of the 1% heard, listened to, and powerful.
While the masses continue to struggle over the crumbs thrown from the table of the wealthy, some for African American males, some for the Hispanic community, some for the “disabled”, et cetera, the 1% maintains their position at all of these meetings and hearings, employing lobbyists to make sure they are heard.
The President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will provide an opportunity for public comment on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST. Individuals who wish to provide comments will be allowed three minutes to speak. Those members of the public interested in submitting written comments may do so by submitting them to the attention of Emmanuel Caudillo, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW., Room 4W108, Washington, DC 20202, by Friday, March 28, 2014 or via email at WHIEEH@ed.gov.
We have been convinced that attending these meetings and hearings and submitting comments is a waste of time, causing our voice to remain silent and powerless.
Every local and State group concerned with the direction of education should send representatives to speak and testify at these meetings and hearings and must encourage their membership to submit written testimony and comments through the Federal Register.
We will not become a changing force in OUR government until OUR voice is heard.
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