BATs Raise Your Teacher Voice – Please put in Public Comment Before August 20th!!!

BATs on February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which established a Federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people. Section 3(a) of the Executive Order directs Federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force (Task Force). One of the duties of the Task Force is to evaluate existing regulations and “make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification.”

Through this announcement, the United States Department of Education is soliciting such input from the public to inform its Task Force’s evaluation of existing regulations and guidance that have a policy impact.

We have had a committee of BATs working on putting together rules that we as educators, parents, and community members feel need to stay, be modified, or rescinded.

We are asking you to go here https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ED-2017-OS-0074-1884

Click the Comment NOW button located in the upper right corner and copy/paste this statement into the comment section

Dear Assistant General Counsel Hilary Malawer,
All Department of Education civil rights regulations and guidance documents need to be remain. Current civil rights rules and regulations benefit schools, students, and families by providing a clear framework that allows all students an equal opportunity to learn in a safe and welcoming environment regardless of sex, race, color, national origin, disability status, English proficiency, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
I urge the Department to keep in its current form 34 C.F.R. pts. 1 thru 1299 , which include regulations governing the Secretary and the offices for Civil Rights; Elementary and Secondary Education; Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Career, Technical, and Adult Education; Post-Secondary Education; Educational Research and Improvement; and the National Council on Disability.
I also urge the Department to preserve all current significant guidance documents, including guidance on sexual, racial, and disability-based harassment (including guidance on sexual violence); access to athletic opportunities; gender equity in career and technical education; single-sex schools; equal access to educational resources; nondiscriminatory school discipline; racial diversity programs; the rights of students with disabilities in charter schools; restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities; and the rights of English language learners. I urge you to keep current regulations and guidance in place, and to continue enforcing these critical civil rights laws so that all students have an equal opportunity to learn and thrive.
Also please include the following suggestions for keeping, modifying, or rescinding regulations in this document https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bLJ2uu9UePJJkjEdcM7HfhHrW6pgJmYij5HGgYgy6QM/edit?usp=sharing

Put in your personal information and click continue

Click I Read and Understand the Statement and click submit!

Thank you so much for protecting our schools, children, and families by submitting your comments. Thank you as well to our amazing Public Comments Committee: Kaliris Salas-Ramirez, Diane Barrett King Rener, Jillian Caci, Anna Riddels, Melissa Tomlinson, David Smith, Leah Chariff, Tikiela Rucker, Luz Christina, Ramirez Mooney, Wilma de Soto, Michael Flanagan, Larry Proffitt, Amanda Koonlaba, Mireille Ellsworth, and Marla Kilfoyle.