Important Information About Confidential Student Data
A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state. We want to make you aware of this, and provide you with a form to object to the release of your student’s data and other important information about the case.
In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws.
Our district was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations.
Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the United States District Court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008.
While the court order reads in part, “No student’s identifying records will be disclosed to the public,” beyond the small group of attorneys, plaintiffs and consultants mentioned in the lawsuit, we wanted to make you aware.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) sets out the requirements for the protection of privacy of parents and students, including privacy of student records. Generally, parents and/or students must provide written consent before an educational agency may disclose personally identifiable information about students. However, this court order is an exception to the general rule.
Our District is not a party to the litigation and is not required to disclose any student information, nor does it intend to do so.
Parents/Guardians may complete and mail in the Notice and Objection form that allows parents to object, by April 1, 2016, to the disclosure of personally identifiable information related to their children.
Please follow this link to download the forms:
Notice of Disclosure of Student Records<http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/order2016jan26.pdf>(PDF).
Objections to Disclosure of Student Records<http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/order2016jan26.pdf>
Alternatively, a parent, guardian, or former student can write a confidential letter to the judge, including the name of the student on whose behalf the letter is written, the author's name and relationship to the student, the student's date of birth, county, school district, and school, and, if desired, the basis of your objection.
Letters or Objection Forms should be mailed to the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller c/o Clerk of the Court, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 501 I Street, Room 4-200, Sacramento, CA, 95814.
For questions or more information, please contact your child's principal or student support services at 408-223-3740.
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