Important Information About Confidential Student Data
A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) isimpacting all school districts across the state. We want to make you aware ofthis, and provide you with a form to object to the release of your student’sdata and other important information about the case.
In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned ParentsAssociation and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against theCDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencieswith special education laws.
Our district was not involved in thelawsuit 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 UnitedStates District Court to release all data it has collected on general andspecial education students since Jan. 1, 2008.
While the court order reads in part, “No student’s identifying records willbe disclosed to the public,” beyond the small group of attorneys, plaintiffsand consultants mentioned in the lawsuit, we wanted to make you aware.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) sets out therequirements for the protection of privacy of parents and students, includingprivacy of student records. Generally, parents and/or students must providewritten consent before an educational agency may disclose personallyidentifiable information about students. However, this court order is anexception to the general rule.
Our District is not a party to thelitigation and is not required to disclose any student information, nor does itintend to do so.
Parents/Guardians may complete and mail in the Notice and Objection formthat allows parents to object, by April 1, 2016, to the disclosure ofpersonally 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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- Every human being is valued.
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- Everyone shares the responsibility for improving our community.
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