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Monday, May 23, 2011

Deadline for Comments on FERPA: Midnight EST, Monday, May 23.

You have just a few hours to make your comments and object to changes to the existing FERPA regulations.

Contact the DOE straightaway.

Regulations could be loosened and information provided to various agencies (federal and private) being provided information from your student and family such as:

  • 1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or parent;
  • 2. Mental and psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
  • 3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
  • 4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior;
  • 5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  • 6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
  • 7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent; or
  • 8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).
If you believe the government should have access to this information, there is no need to fill out a comment card. If, however, you believe this is an overreach of governmental regulations, then take 5-10 minutes and record your opinions. Be sure to print a copy of your comment with the comment number, your comment may take awhile to surface.



    A Summary Report from the Conference “Moving Forward Together: Curriculum & Assessment and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics” Pentagon City, Arlington, VA
    April 29-May 1, 2011
    Organized by: Sol Garfunkel (Chair), Chris Hirsch, Barbara Reys,
    Jim Fey, Eric Robinson, and June Mark


    If you're wondering what the Missouri connection is... here you go!

    Yeah, math curriculum could be a "vehicle for school improvement" IF WE HAD SOME REAL MATHEMATICIANS INVOLVED!

    More info here: http://improvingmathed.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.html

    The links don't work anymore because they are often morphing their websites... imagine that!

    But the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum implemented terrible math programs throughout our state for a long time.

    For parents whose children are currently using Investigations... well you should investigate where that recommendation came from...

    A Letter to Parents (on TERC Investigations) from Professor Wilson:

  2. This reminds me of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan. I wonder how many people remember his school to work plan? My youngest son was in middle school at the time and they wanted to assemble the kids in small groups weekly to ask and discuss the answers to the same types of questions, what religion, what types of discipline and punishments, guns if any,political affilation, all without the knowledge or consent of the parents in order to decide the proper curriculum so as to decide for the children what their future occupation would be.In essence pigeon hole their future for the greater good.I was fortunate enough to learn of it and help put a stop to it. Thank God for the "Moral Majority" back then and the "Tea Party" today for helping educate parents and exposing these despotes, putting a stop to this statism.

  3. STeven, I would love to correspond with you and find out how you were successful in stopping that program. I didn't live in MO at that time. Thanks for passing on that information.


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