It is getting serious when someone as "progressive" as Markey gets worried about the data collection that Common Core requires. It is also interesting to recall that although Common Core is not a federal program, per se, it has federal fingerprints all over it. This is an excellent example.
Duncan will probably respond that the data collection is required by the state consortium and not the DOE. He will NOT mention the data collection requirements of the DOE Promise Neighborhood program.
Also, we will probably never find out if Duncan responded. However, if he did, the "Common Core: Education Without Representation" website will discover it.
Democratic Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey has written a vital letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about the loss of student privacy under new education reforms. The Senator asks the Secretary eight great questions. My favorite is question #2.a): “Should parents, not schools, have the right to control information about their children?”
Senator Markey’s full letter is posted below. Please share it with your senators and with your state superintendents, who may, by their connection to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and its partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, have sway in getting to real answers more quickly.