According to this article, the USDOE is so understaffed that there are some backlogged, unaddressed complaints that are over two years old.
This article discusses and grandparent’s desire to prohibit a school board from sharing his granddaughter’s directory with outside groups, such as a church, while still having her involved in school activities, such as yearbooks, class pictures, graduation programs, the honor roll, sports activities, and theatre programs.
The New York Times ran this article about invitations that high school students received to attend an event called the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Many students received this invitation because they filled out a school-provided survey that the students believed would help them get scholarships for college.
- Should states require schools to have opt-in or opt-out options for such surveys? What are the benefits of each?
- Who should have to provide the opt-in/out, students or parents? What benefit is there to allowing students to choose to opt-in/out as opposed to parents? What concerns?
This news article explains how a judge has ordered the release of several years of student test scores with student names in order to assist a teacher who was fired for being ineffective to bring a case challenging her termination.
- When a judge orders FERPA to be violated, how do LEAs frame a response?
California’s new privacy law is the most comprehensive in the nation. It gives Californian’s the right to see what information has been collected about them, to whom it has been disclosed, and gives them the right to request information be permanently deleted.