Dear Education Shareholders,
The contents of our new accountability system, which citizens provided input on in my recent Town Hall Meetings held across the state, also must conform to the regulations that the U.S. Department of Education (USED) generates to provide the implementation details by which states must abide. These regulations, in draft form, have been made public by USED for the purpose of public feedback. We need as many folks as possible to send in feedback to USED on the draft regulations to make known the areas where changes must be addressed.I am hoping that we can get at least 1,000 Kentucky citizens to submit comments and make our state the one with the most submissions.
I have testified twice before Congressional committees about the problems I see with these draft regulations, if implemented by USED in their present form. These regulations would severely limit the ability of states to be flexible and innovative as Congress envisioned when it passed ESSA. We would go backwards to the compliance mentality that was imposed by No Child Left Behind. Each of you are asked to submit feedback to USED on these regulations because the number of folks USED hears from can help make a difference in getting changes made.Feel free to share this request with others.
You are welcome to usesome of the issues I pointed out in my testimony or review the regulations and compose your own. Please just take time to submit some comments by the August 1 deadline!
The resources for assisting you in providing comments are as follows:
To actually submit comments online, use the above link provided to the regulations and then on that webpage, click on the green button that says “Submit a Formal Comment”.
All comments are due by August 1. I encourage each of you to participate in this feedback process. It would be fantastic for Kentucky to reach the goal of 1,000 submissions. The number of individuals submitting comments matters!
Thank you in advance for speaking up for the students of our state!
Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education