Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Experimental Sites Data Collection Instrument
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Education Secretary selects institutions for voluntary participation in the Experimental Sites Initiative. Institutions volunteer to become an experimental site to provide recommendations on the impact and effectiveness of proposed regulations or new management initiatives. Participants are exempt from specific statutory and regulatory requirements while conducting the experiments.
Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 28.
Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Private Sector.
If understood correctly, the federal government is offering federal tax dollars to educational institutions that would take part in yet another data collection with the incentive of being exempt from any oversight that would require the proper fiduciary oversight of an organization receiving federal and state funding.
This is the type of program from which the charter school movement could benefit greatly.
To receive federal funding for collecting data on our children with the added benefit of not having to comply with State and Federal regulations because you do so, is the same as deregulating charters that participate in yet another “hedgehog” plan to standardize and regulate our children and teachers.
Why would an experimental site be exempt from statutory and regulatory requirements. Shouldn’t they be held to these requirements to test the validity of their effectiveness?
What type of data will be collected at these experimental sites that would require exemption from statutory and regulatory requirements?
This is another attempt by the federal government to undermine public education and promote charter school proliferation.
It is obvious from the number of annual responses, twenty-eight, that the government does not expect an adequate response to their request. If so, this data collection instrument will be supported with federal dollars to the detriment of all of America’s children.
Federal education dollars must support the education of All of America’s children by providing a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that seeks to discover, develop, and direct the gifts and talents of our children so that we can grow a knowledgeable, respectful, actively engaged citizenry.
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