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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Luetkemeyer Letter Goes To Duncan With 34 Signatures

Congressman Luetkemeyer of Missouri District Three submitted his letter to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan expressing concern over the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to circumvent Congress with major changes to education and student privacy policies. An excerpt reads: 
“Since the ESEA’s expiration, the Department of Education has moved forward with education policy reform without Congressional input.  Such action is, at best, in contravention with precedent... We believe that state-based education policies are vital to the successful education of a child.  As with most one-size-fits-all policies, Common Core standards fail to address the specific needs of our states.”  
Luetkemeyer also raised concerns in his letter about two changes in which the government collects and distributes student data. Luetkemeyer has requested a detailed description of each change to student privacy policy that has been made during Duncan’s tenure and the need and intended purpose for such changes. Of particular concern to Luetkemeyer were regulatory changes made without congressional review regarding parental access to student education records and limiting third party disclosure of that information.

The letter was co-signed by 33 other House Representatives. The final letter can be accessed Here.

Bishop (UT-01)
Blackburn (TN-07)
Bentivolia (MI-11)
Yoder (KS-03)
Bachmann (MN-06)
Benishek (MI-01)
Massie (KY-04)
Johnson (OH-06)
Stockman (TX-36)
Harrison (MD-01)
Crawford (AR-01)
Nugent (FL-11)
Chaffetz (UT-03)
Garrett (NJ-05)
Wagner (MO-02)
Kingston (GA-01)
Hartzler (MO-04)
Lamborn (CO-05)
Huelskamp (KS-01)
Radel (FL-19)
McKinley (WV-01)
Rigell (VA-02)
Graves (MO-06)
Yoho (FL-03)
Jordan (OH-04)
Wenstrup (OH-02)
Gosar (AZ-04)
Olson (TX-22)
Duncan (TN-02)
Flemming (LA-04)
Nuegebauer (TX-19)
Jenkins (KS-02)

Many thank yous to Congressman Luetkemeyer for carrying this torch and getting this letter written, signed and sent.

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