When there are less than 10 students who are proficient in a particular subject area, Baltimore City Schools will no longer give the exact percentage that is proficient. Previously the school system indicated there were 13 Baltimore high schools with zero students proficient in math or English. If one was aware a particular student attended one of those schools, it would be apparent that the particular student was not proficient. At the very least, this is a privacy concern. However, it also likely rises to the level of a FERPA violation.
Student privacy rights and the right to face your accuser seem to be destined to collide as a result of the new Title IX Guidance from Betsy Devos. New rules are in the comment period currently. This article is a great starting point.
In this article, T.S. Last writes about Santa Fe Public School’s discussions about allowing police to have access on-campus cameras in emergency situations.
In an update to a previous post, an internal inspector found that the U.S. Department of Education’s handling of FERPA complaints are even worse than the USDOE has admitted. (Also, check this source, too.) The inspector pointed to years of unresolved cases, ineffective tracking of complaints, and the status of complaints that have been received.
More details forethcoming.
This Citizen Truth article criticizes a recent California Court of Appeals rejection of a challenge to a 2016 California state law that requires every child to be vaccinated before they are admitted to public school.
The article raises privacy concerns. They note that public school attendance is compulsory. They also note that before students can attend, they would have to disclose confidential medical records.
The defendant was located using “cell-site records for any wireless, internet-enable device connected to the college’s wireless network.” The school has 1,300 antenna which can be used to track a student’s location as they move around campus.
The judge originally rules that because the “Moravian College student handbook make it clear that any connections made to the campus wireless network are subject to inspection by the school at any time,” the tracking evidence would be allowed.
This NPR article details the Supreme Court ruling, which requires police to obtain a warrant to track a person using location data from a cellular device.
Sara Gibson of New Hampshire Public Radio wrote this article about a school board member who used a school district listserv to contact a student. The student wrote an editorial for her school newspaper in support of a teachers’ union. The email may have been a violation of FERPA and other federal policies, according to the author of the article.