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U.S. Department of Education Issues Call for Comment on Regulations and Guidance

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, June 28, 2017

On Feb. 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which called on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the rest of his Cabinet to review all regulations and guidance in each departments. The purpose was to determine those that are either burdensome, expensive or inhibit job creation.

Secretary DeVos issued a 66-page report on the USDOE’s efforts last month outlining 150 different regulations and 1,677 pieces of policy guidance that they are looking at, impacting everything from Title IX to ESSA. Now, she and the regulatory reform task force are looking for feedback from advocacy groups and the education community. This week, the USDOE published notice in the federal register that input on “regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement or modification” is open to the public until Aug. 21, 2017.

You can review the proposals in the report highlighted above; the list of regulations and guidance begins on page 14. Comments can be filed electronically through the federal register site or submitted by mail to Hilary Malawer, 400 Maryland Ave, SW, Room 6E231, Washington, DC 20202. Comments will not be accepted by email or fax.

The National School Boards Association is also compiling comments and requests that you share your input with them. They are interested in the name of the regulation or guidance to be reviewed, whether it should be amended or rescinded, and what specific changes you believe would be helpful and why.

MASB will also be reviewing the report over the next couple of weeks to determine what comments we may have from a statewide perspective. As many of the regulations and guidance can directly affect your district, we urge you to have a conversation at your board table to determine what, if any, constructive feedback your district can submit. Feel free to share your comments with us as well.

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