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California State PTA Comments on Release of 10 Million Students’ Personal Information

CAPTAFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 17, 2016

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Carol Green, VP for Communications
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 Michelle Eklund, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives
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California State PTA Comments on Release of 10 Million Students’ Personal Information

SACRAMENTO – A federal district court ruling now requires that information including the name, Social Security number, home address and more data on every student who attended public school in California since Jan. 1, 2008 – more than 10 million students — must be made available to a court-appointed data analyst so that it can be analyzed on behalf of the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parents Association. California State PTA President Justine Fischer offered the following statement:

“It’s hard to fathom that a judge would allow such an overexposure of children’s information.

“California State PTA has a long history of upholding the privacy rights of our state’s students, and today is no different. Our organization stands against this dangerous ruling to release children’s names, Social Security numbers and much more, which even the plaintiffs note goes far beyond the general demographic information they sought to research.

“As the bridge between families, schools and communities, we will be working at the state and local levels to inform families of this issue and the April 1 deadline to voice their objection to this onerous information release, which places an undue burden of time, expense and worry on parents whose children these privacy laws were created to protect.

“We are committed to children’s privacy and will be further exploring ways to protect our most vulnerable Californians – our children – against the violation of their personal rights.”

The court ruling requires the release of each student’s name, Social Security number, demographics, course information, statewide assessment results, teacher demographics, program information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, special education assessment plans, special education assessments/evaluations, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), records pertaining to health, mental health and medical information, student statewide identifiers (SSID), attendance statistics, information on suspensions and expulsions, and results on state tests. The Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records form in English and Spanish can be found online at the California Department of Education website at www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/morganhillcase.asp.

About California State PTA
California State PTA connects families and schools, and has more than 800,000 members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, “every child, one voice.” The PTA is the nation’s largest and highest profile volunteer association working to connect families and schools, and improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial. For more information: www.capta.org.



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