Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Common Core of Data School-Level Finance Survey 2016-2018
“Abstract: In response to a growing demand, the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education, has developed and conducted a pilot, in 2015 and 2016 (OMB #1850-0803), of a new collection of finance data at the school level. The School-Level Finance Survey centrally collects school-level finance data form state education agencies, and is an extension of two existing collections conducted by NCES, in collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau, the School District Finance Survey (F-33) and the state-level National Public Education Financial Survey.”
In response to a growing demand for what? Why do these other surveys need an extension? Don’t all SEA’s have to complete budget reviews?
“The first year of the pilot SLFS data collection (for fiscal year FY 2014) commenced on May 7, 2015, with 12 SEAs participating, and the second year of data collection (for FY 2015) commenced on April 4, 2016, with 19 SEAs participating. This request is to annually collect national SLFS data in 2017 through 2019, covering FY 2016 through 2018, and corresponding to school years 2015/16 through 2017/18.”
Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 306.
Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 4,938.
There are fifty-four state education agencies in the US, fewer than half will receive and respond to this survey. How can this be considered a representative sample?
What data are they collecting and for what purpose?
“In 2015 total federal compensation averaged $123,160 or 76 percent more than the private-sector average of $69,901 . . .” Downsizing the Federal Government This equates to nearly $60.00 an hour.
The government is willing to spend nearly 5,000 hours assessing the information collected from 306 responses at approximately $60.00 and hour.
Our federal education dollars must be spent on the education of children not the employment of adults.
When we provide every child in America with a free and public, excellent education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, we will know exactly how SEA’s are spending their money, on providing and excellent education to all children.
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