Here is another meme. Feel free to share this far and wide.
Here is another meme. Feel free to share this far and wide.
Please feel free to share this graphic far and wide as soon as possible. FEPA is scheduled tomorrow for a vote, Wed., Nov. 15, 2017.
THE FOUNDATIONS FOR EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ACT WILL LEAD TO A NATIONAL DATABASE
HR 4174/S 2046, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEPA), introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray, is another federal bill that will increase 1) the non-consensual surveillance of free-born American citizens, and 2) the probability of a comprehensive national database on every American. This legislation responds to the report by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP), an entity created by FEPA’s authors. The justification is to monitor the effectiveness of federal programs, but deep problems with the bill outweigh any possible benefits:
A bill like FEPA would be expected from a totalitarian government. Congress should solve the “program effectiveness” problem by returning to the Founders’ vision and drastically reducing government’s bloated size and scope. This solution would obviate the need for the Orwellian surveillance scheme initiated by FEPA.
This article is reposted here from Truth in American Education with permission from the author, Shane Vander Hart.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Foundations for Evidenced-Based Policymaking Act today which will create a national data clearinghouse that includes student data. Co-sponsors of the legislation also include House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX), and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).
This bill follows the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s final report who recommended what Ryan argued for “a transparent, efficient, and well-designed data system that is both accessible by federal agencies and secure for those who contribute.”
The key takeaways from the report are:
Below is the summary for the bill:
Summary: The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act
Title I, Federal Evidence-Building Activities
- Requires federal agencies to submit an evidence-building plan, which will be consolidated into one government-wide plan by the Office of Management and Budget
- Requires federal agencies to appoint/designate a Chief Evaluation Officer to coordinate evidence-building activities within the agency
- Establishes an advisory committee on data for evidence building
Title II, OPEN Government Act
- Ensures maximum data availability while respecting privacy and national security concerns
- Requires federal agencies to appoint/designate a Chief Data Officer
- Instructs federal agencies to establish a data inventory and federal data catalogue
Title III, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency
- Expands access to data while improving privacy standards
Jane Robbins warned about what was coming down the pike in March:
The vehicle for imposing expanded citizen surveillance is a new federal panel called the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The Speaker worked with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) on the legislation to create the Commission, which “is charged with reviewing the inventory, infrastructure, and protocols related to data from federal programs and tax expenditures while developing recommendations for increasing the availability and use of this data in support of rigorous program evaluation.”
The appeal of this Commission to “conservatives” is that it will recommend ways to evaluate federal programs and see which ones work and which are a waste of money We need a commission for this? If we just assume all federal programs are a waste, we’ll be right at least 95 percent of the time. And the federal government routinely ignores research, such as the massive evidence that Head Start is useless, that doesn’t support its preferred policies.
But “program evaluation” is the excuse. And the basis of the Commission’s work will be expanded sharing of personal data on American citizens. In a free society, that’s a price too high to pay.
The bill gives lip service to privacy and security, but in the same breath says it will expand access to the data it collects.
“Privacy and security” I don’t think means what they think it means.
The Big Congressional Data Grab is underway
In a post called Ethical Use of Big Data in Education, Elana Zeide was featured in a very informative video addressing the topic of the post. She has written a power packed article called The Structural Consequences of Big Data-Driven Education. You can download the article by clicking here or you can read the article online by clicking here.
These three main points are clearly laid out in the abstract. (bolded for emphasis)
First, virtual learning environments create information technology infrastructures featuring constant data collection, continuous algorithmic assessment, and possibly infinite record retention. This undermines the traditional intellectual privacy and safety of classrooms.
Second, these systems displace pedagogical decision-making from educators serving public interests to private, often for-profit, technology providers. They constrain teachers’ academic autonomy, obscure student evaluation, and reduce parents’ and students’ ability to participate or challenge education decision- making.
Third, big data-driven tools define what ‘‘counts’’ as education by mapping the concepts, creating the content, determining the metrics, and setting desired learning outcomes of instruction.
The abstract, as well as the rest of the paper, indicate that these consequences result in important decisions being made by private entities, referred to by many as third party vendors, “without public scrutiny or pedagogical examination.”
The Network for Public Education (NPE) held their 4th annual conference in Oakland, CA on October 14 and 15. A team put together by Parents Across America Puget Sound gave a panel presentation at the conference. Some information about the … Continue reading