Transparency and Accountability in State, District & School Governance, Discourse and Decision-making
What You Should Know About Transparency, Answerability & Responsiveness in the US Public School System 
What You should Know About 
ESSA Regulatory Burdens

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The Republicans ignored the voices of 21, 000 citizens when they used the CRA  to overlook "research, analyses and public input"
on education regulations --- or U.S. democracy. Moreover, they showed how insensitive or unconcerned they are about the life chances of 50.4 million  U.S. public school children --- and why,
in turn, they will always need to hear from  all stakeholders. Clearly, an effective enabling environment is needed to ensure
that the effective implementation of best practices and lessons learned can be achieved. ESSA regualtions then must be based on accountability if student achievement is truly  the priority for all of the  98, 300  U.S. public schools  and 13, 500  districts across the nation. Without this accountability goal in mind, it is hard to believe that Trump and DeVos truly want the public to take on the task of estimating the "burden of unnecessary education regulations in education“ when both of them have already ignored the most recent publicly sanctioned final rule. This time -will they follow the rules and support the need for a research based analysis of all regulatory reform efforts before they change any key decisions that serve the best interests of children?  Will transparency matter --- or will their brand of public input, comments and meetings only serve to encourage  ceremonial goals  to be pursued (and then rejected) after the plans have been approved by school officials only? Will they continue to underestimate the importance of buy-in tied to pertinent decisions leading to the legitimacy or final approval of any plans?

To review previous discussions on how Trump/DeVos, etc.  have already impacted children and schools click here and  here.    Click here to review a 2011 hearing to learn how both conservatives and progressives tend to view regulatory burdens tied to ESEA . 


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'Red States' Rank Low
On The HDI.

This Index reflects the
policy choices of politicians. 

Note: The Human Development Index (HDI) is a
summary measure of average achievement
in key dimensions of  human development:
a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable
and having  a decent standard of living.  

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Note: Children need parents and
community stakeholders (or the public)
to join the discussions focusing on
educational concerns and issues 
before any   policy decisions take place. 



To Learn more about:
Pathways to Accountability, click here.  

Voice, Empowerment & Accountability
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To read this article, click here:  ​ 
Dismantling Public Accountability &
Transparency  in the Name of Accountability & Transparency?


Finding the Spaces for Change:
A Power Analysis
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                                                               Related Materials
To build your knowledge base,
please refer to the following articles, based on the public views

of a wide range of experts, to better understand the importance of
transparency and accountability in school governance:

Books  and Sudies of Interest 
Power and Powerlessness by John Gaventa (Review)
 Please note: The link refers to  an excerpt or chapter one of
Gaventa's book: Power & Powerlessness.  Since parents are often accused of
not wanting to participate in schools he offers a different view of  quiescence,
which I have cross-referenced for public school parents and community stakeholders.
Parents and Schools, the 150-year Struggle for Control in American Education" By William W. Cutler, III
This is also an excerpt and should be discussed to better understand the history of parents and schools.
A New Weave of Power, People & Politics:
The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation

Who Is Empowered by the Regulatory Process?
(This book: The Politics of Regulatory Reform addresses this question.)

"The CRA was not a good idea to begin with,
and the public is paying a steep price for its use."

(. . . "a blunderbuss that shoots down the entire regulatory system—
a system that has long and effectively protected Americans.")