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 do you know about the ESSA mandate
focusing on school disparities? What do you know about 
ESSA implementation requirements focusing on the call for much needed transparency in  the comparison of
school by school funding data?
Click here, here and here to learn more. 

What Do You Know About Your State's Constitution? 
Does your state guarantee that each student will receive a high, quality education or a minimally adequate education? To learn more: 
click herehere, herehere, here and here.

What You should Know About 
ESSA Regulatory Burdens

For more information click  here and here.  

Public Comments on Executive Order 13777.  To learn more about this subject, click here or here
Note ( cross referenced): "The Executive Order exceeds President Trump’s constitutional authority, violates his duty under the Take Care Clause of the Constitution, and directs federal agencies to engage in unlawful actions that will harm countless Americans. . ." 

The Republicans ignored the voices of 21, 000 citizens when they used the CRA  to overlook "research, analyses and public input previously, "   (Note: "T he CRA allowed Congress to repeal recently issued public protections using expedited procedures that do away with hearings, committee votes, or having to overcome a filibuster in the U.S. Senate. This made the CRA the perfect vehicle for corporate lobbyists to cut backroom deals with Republicans in Congress to kill rules that were overwhelmingly popular with the public.")

Parents and community stakeholders must let Secretary DeVos know that Education  regulations must be based on the enforcement of civil rights.  DeVos must provide assurances that  equity  & excellence are truly  the Trump Administration's priorities for serving all 50.4 million public school children98, 300  U.S. public schools  and
13, 500  districts across the nation.

In estimating the "burden of unnecessary education regulations in education,“ they must support the need for a research-based analysis of all regulatory reform efforts and determine whether or not an executive order (overall) is unconstitutional. They must ensure that  transparency matters.  They must stop underestimating the importance of buy-in from the public  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 . 

Explore, Discover, Learn, Discuss

'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.  

Click here  and here to learn more.

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
Click here to read this guide.

Dismantling Public Accountability &
Transparency  in the Name of Accountability & Transparency?

Click here ​ to read this article. 

The Unacknowledged Limitations of 
Performance Standards
Click here to read this article. . .
(Does this problem stem from weak transparency and accountability structures and processes in school systems? In other words, is it really about the lack of morality, motivation, incentives, know-how and/or the down- right  inability of school representatives to
serve or to be public servants
for the sake of  students?)   

Finding the Spaces for Change:
A Power Analysis
Click here to learn more. 
                                                                        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:

The State: How Leadership Influences Student Learning  

Is Congress the Broken Branch?

The Partisanship of Bipartisanship

Can Citizens Influence Legislation ?

From the archives ---  Eleanor Roosevelt on Human Rights

The Declaration Rights of the Child  and why won't the US. ratify the UN's Child Rights Treaty?  
Guiding principles:
Although the Convention has 54 articles in all, it is guided by four fundamental principles.
Non-discrimination (article 2): You should neither benefit nor suffer because of your race, colour, gender, language, religion, or national, social or ethnic origin, or
because of any political or other opinion; because of your caste, property or birth status; or because you are disabled.
The best interests of the child (article 3): Laws and actions affecting children should put your best interests first and benefit you in the best possible way.
Survival, development and protection (article 6): The authorities in your country must protect you and help ensure your full development – physical, spiritual, moral and social.
Participation (article 12): You have a right to have your say in decisions that affect you, and to have you opinions taken into account.

The Basis of the Convention of the Rights of the Child

Donald Trump’s Unconstitutional Executive Order on Regulations
(. . . "a blunderbuss that shoots down the entire regulatory system—
a system that has long and effectively protected Americans.")


Christopher Edley on Race, Equity and the Continuous Improvement of our Education System and here.

Books  and Sudies of Interest 

 Power and Powerlessness by John Gavent (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."