Security Checks of U.S. Education Contractors to Change
Researcher Andrew A. Zucker was designing a federally financed study of middle school science teaching two years ago when he came up against new U.S. Department of Education security rules that would have required him to undergo fingerprinting and an extensive background check.
Mr. Zucker refused to comply, ultimately losing out on the chance to work on that federal contract. He didn’t, however, go quietly.
Instead, the Massachusetts-based scholar called members of Congress, the 25,000-member-strong American Educational Research Association, and other Washington-based research societies. His alert started the ball rolling in a campaign to put in place less intrusive security-screening procedures for researchers working on...
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