Shane Vander Hart writes:
American Principles in Action warns activists about two bills before Congress this week that they say would further entrench federal control in education.
The center-right group based in Washington, DC called on activists to tell Congress to reject H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, which they say would reauthorize many of the oppressive and ineffective No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and would expand federal control of education.
American Principles in Action is also calling on Congress to oppose S.227, the Strengthening Education through Research Act (SETRA), which would violate the privacy of millions of students and parents.
SETRA is scheduled to be voted on Wednesday, February 25th in the U.S. House—even though the Senate has not yet voted on the bill. Congressional leadership intends to call a vote on the matter in both the House and the Senate this week, despite neither body holding a hearing on the bill.
“SETRA is dangerous legislation that would expand federal psychological profiling of children through expanding research on ‘social and emotional learning,’” said Jane Robbins, Senior Fellow at American Principles in Action. “It would facilitate sharing of education statistics across states and agencies. It would continue to rely on the now-gutted FERPA statute to protect student data. SETRA must be defeated to protect student privacy rights.”
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