Skip to comments.Department of Education to Eliminate 'Mother,' 'Father' From Federal Student Aid Forms
Posted on 05/12/2013 5:31:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that it will no longer use the terms "mother" and "father" when collecting information about a student's legal parents when those parents apply for federal student aid. Instead of using the words "mother" and "father," the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) will use "Parent 1" and "Parent 2."
The announcement states that the changes to the 2014-2015 federal student aid form "more accurately and fairly assess students' need for aid" and that "Gender-specific terms fail to capture income and other information from one parent when a student's parents are in a same-sex marriage under state law but not federally recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act."
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, "All students should be able to apply for federal student aid within a system that incorporates their unique family dynamics . [that] provide[s] an inclusive form that reflects the diversity of American families."
In the past, the FSAF has been used by the Department of Education to collect information about a student's parents only if they were married. The change allows for legal parents to be identified if they are biological or adoptive and unmarried and accounts for same-sex marriage parents.
In general, the information the FAFSA collects is used to calculate a student's expected family contribution, which determines his/her eligibility for Title IV federal need-based student aid in addition to many state, institutional, and private aid programs.
The Department points to the Higher Education Act, which uses the words "parent" or "parents" rather than "mother" or "father."
The Department published these changes in the Federal Register, which is open to public comment. This change received praise from the homosexual community.
Shawn Gaylord, director of Public Policy at Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), told the Washington Blade that, "We're thrilled by the Department of Education's decision to allow students filling out the FAFSA to accurately describe the makeup of their family, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. GLSEN has long worked to ensure that sexual orientation and gender identity are not used to discriminate against students in our nation's K-12 schools, whether that student identifies as LGBT, has LGBT friends, or comes from an LGBT family."
Likewise, the Family Equality Council, which lobbied the Administration on this issue, along with the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, and the National Center for Transgender Equality, all praised the change.
The change comes while the country waits for the Supreme Court's verdict on the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
I wonder what Mother and Father's Day will be turned to next...
Parent One Day and Parent Two Day of course.
“Ironic that this would be reported just as Mother’s day is here... “
It’s not ironic. They do that on purpose to stick the shiv in.
The DOE encourages cheating without accountability
to improve scores (which they called “education”),
and now heralds THIS dumb-down as an advance?
No wonder they focus on SEX for grade schoolers.
“Parent 1” and “Parent 2”?
Why limit it to just two parents?
The answer is simple, just BAN ALL STUDENT AID, force these punks to get a job mowing lawns or anything else they can do to PAY THEIR OWN WAY, stop the “Education Welfare”.
I wonder when we are going to shut down this useless government department.
America’s educational system was the best in the world before the Carter administration created it and it has been downhill ever since...
Reagan and his then Secretary of Education, Bill Bennett wanted to shut it down but could not...
This change hurts students raised by homosexuals, as if they don’t have it hard up their butts already. Now their family income doubles and college welfare eligibility drops in half.
I wonder what Mother and Father’s Day will be turned to next...
Parent One Day and Parent Two Day of course.
ROTFLMAO. Dang that was funny. I spit some after reading your post. I had a great belly laugh. Unfortunately your funny post probably will come to pass.
it is already on the forms.
Mother is a four letter world
Mother is illegal.
Your children will be forbidden from saying “Mommy”
Its not ironic. They do that on purpose to stick the shiv in.
Just like they use Mother’s Day to announce new abortion initiatives
Parental Unit #1 and Parental Unit #2.
Had to make room for Gay one and Gay two.
Although it sounds like a justification for discriminating against batardes, the cold, hard facts are the folks running Department of Education ARE NOT NORMAL HUMAN BEINGS. The place has to be shut down.
I’d agree with that except who is going to audit those forms anyway.
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