Sheila Kaplan’s organization “Education New York & Information Policy Watch” is zealously devoted to protecting the privacy rights of students.
In response to a post about whether the U.S. Department of Education was overreaching with the latest expansion of its regulatory power, she sent the following comment:
What is this about? The U.S. Department of Education unilaterally rewrote the regulations governing the release of information about individual students. Their right to privacy was eroded, the lawsuit says, without Congressional hearings or legislation or oversight.
As Kaplan writes on her website, “EPIC has filed a lawsuit under the Administrative Procedure Act against the Department of Education. EPIC’s lawsuit argues that the agency’s December 2011 regulations amending the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act exceed the agency’s statutory authority, and are contrary to law. The agency issued the revised regulations despite the fact that ‘numerous commenters . . . believe the Department lacks the statutory authority to promulgate the proposed regulations.’”
What’s with this administration? What’s their goal? How does it improve education if student information is made available to marketers and snoopers? Why the obsession with data? Why doesn’t Congress rein in this out-of-control federal agency?