Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker
And please no more suspended rules and voice votes on these bills.
The GOP Majority Staff of the Congressional House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wrote and distributed a response to my November 12 blogpost that opposed HR4174. This response, which folks can see here begins with,
|“The Eagle Forum and other groups representing interests such as home schooling have raised concerns about H.R. 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017. The concerns relate to how the bill would affect the privacy of citizens (especially school-aged children) whose data is being stored by the federal government. Those concerns arise from a misunderstanding of what the bill does to the personal data that the government already has.”|
Let me clear something up. I am not a member of Eagle Forum nor am I a member of a home school group, not that I have anything against them; I just don’t want them to be responsible for what I say. Missouri Education Watchdog lets me write on their blog but my views are my own. I am a mom. My special interests are my children. I write as a parent, because like many parent advocates, blogging is the only (small) way to be heard.
My concern DOES NOT “arise from a misunderstanding of what the bill does to the personal data that the government already has.” You have it sort of right; let me restate it:
|MY CONCERN IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS CITIZENS’ AND ESPECIALLY SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN’S PERSONAL DATA, WITHOUT PERMISSION…AND IS EXPANDING ACCESS, ANALYSIS OF THIS DATA, AGAIN WITHOUT PERMISSION.|
It’s not your data. Data belongs to the individual. Data is identity and data is currency. Collecting someone’s personal data without consent is theft. (When hackers took Equifax data, that was illegal. When the government takes data… no different.)
If you support parental rights, you should not support HR4174 or its sister bill S2046. Parents are often left out of the conversation about laws affecting their children.
I will say it again… When it comes to their own children, parents have little to no say in education matters. Parents are not invited to fancy conferences, we often aren’t even allowed to attend them. Parents don’t have a travel budget, a lobby budget, or a paid assistant to help write rebuttals and policy briefs. Nope, we are moms and dads and grandparents doing the best we can to protect our children. And that is why I am responding to the federal government’s response to my blogpost opposing their bill(s) HR4174 and S2046, Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017.
I invite members of Congress and policy makers, rather than refute, or ignore, please have a discussion with those closest to the children: parents.
You impose legislation that directly impacts our children and our families, without our input. We elected you to represent us, “we the people”. Please hear us, the parents. These are our children, not your human capital, not your data, not your property[…]
|Editor’s note: Clearly, there are those in government who believe that they can tell us anything. Below is the response Cheri Kiesecker has linked to and is referencing in the first paragraph:|
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