Comments Policy

The purpose of comment areas are to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on education issues. We encourage your comments; your ideas and concerns are important to ensure that a broad range of Americans are active and informed participants in the discussion. ED reserves the right to modify this policy at any time and ED expressly reserves the right not to post comments within the comment areas.

Comment areas are moderated. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. ED retains the right to post or not post comments. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect.

We will not post comments that:

  • contain vulgar or abusive language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups
  • promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant to the comment are acceptable)
  • are clearly “off topic,” or “spam”
  • make unsupported accusations.

We don’t edit comments to remove objectionable content, so please ensure that your comment contains none of the above.

Reporters are asked to send questions to the Office of Communications and Outreach through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. Comments that reference federal employees by name may not be posted.

We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as soon as reasonably possible; in the majority of cases, this means the next business day.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, addresses, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include your name in a comment, which we generally do not recommend, that comment may or may not be posted on the comment section. If your comment is posted, your name may be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, addresses, email address, phone numbers, or similar personally identifiable information.

What Comment Areas Are Not

This is a place for collecting suggestions and new ideas, not a substitute channel for ED services or general questions. See Contacts on to get help from ED.

Don’t send in questions or status inquiries about any specific matters or complaints involving ED. Instead, contact ED directly via our main website.

Don’t submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to the comment areas. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business. comment areas may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

ED does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on the comment areas is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. ED may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. ED does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those Web sites that may be reached through links on our Web site.

Opinions in comments that appear within comment areas belong to the individuals who expressed them. They do not belong to or represent views of the U.S. Department of Education.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.