• NAICU – ED Proposes Regs to Reduce FERPA Privacy Protections
    Specifically, the new FERPA proposal would substantially increase the number of entities allowed to access personally identifiable student information without the student’s or parent’s consent.  This would be accomplished by expanding the existing limited exceptions for research, and for audits or evaluations.  The proposed regs also would expand the definition of “education program” to include any education or job training program – even if not operated by an educational authority.  The changes are intended to remove barriers to linking education records with records maintained for pre-school, health and human services, labor, and the like.  This information-sharing would be provided under written agreements. NAICU has long supported student privacy rights, and strongly opposed earlier efforts by the Department to establish a national student unit record system. The association is concerned that these new proposals represent a substantial and unwarranted erosion of student privacy.
  • Federal School Lunch Regulations Aren’t The Answer
    There is nothing wrong with fighting childhood obesity but fighting it at the federal level with ineffective methods that could cost each school district over $100,000 in budget increases isn’t going to cut it.
  • The Battle for Education Freedom
    Congress is working right now on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind, through which federal domination will be cemented. Washington uses taxpayer dollars to strong-arm states into adopting national standards and tests, and rewards or punishes schools and districts based on their test performance.
  • Longer school days could be on way
    Tennessee’s new education commissioner says he’d consider longer school days and years as one way the state can toss out antiquated education practices and help students improve more quickly.
  • An Accounting of Indiana’s Voucher Regulations
    I’ve been trying to draw attention to the dangers that regulations like those in Indiana’s new voucher program pose for long-term educational freedom and choice. In the interest of clarity and transparency, I’ve uploaded a two-page overview of the regulations, with citations and links for those who would like to take a look themselves. Let me know what you think, and whether I have missed or misinterpreted anything.
  • School choice is most effective method of education reform
    The overarching question facing American education policy is whether centralized planning in education works better in the U.S. than it did, let’s say, when the Soviet Union manufactured tractors. Centralization gives government the power to inflict catastrophic educational concepts on large numbers of students. Decentralization limits the damage of bad ideas.

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