Issues with USDOE’s handling of FERPA complaints is worse than the DOE has stated.

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.

Another source – Education Week’s story.

More details forethcoming.

“Court Says Vaccines, Herd Immunity Outweighs Privacy or Liberty Rights” via Citizen Truth

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.

“Judge delays sentencing over cell phone privacy issue: U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June on cell tracking” via WTMZ-TV News

This article talks about a judge’s decision to reanalyze a robbery case in light of the Supreme Courts ruling on cell phone tracking in June, 2018. 

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.

“Transgender teen posts video of school staff opening bathroom stall on her” via CBS News

This article details multiple viewpoints of the incident in Minnesota where a transgender teen posted video of school staff confronting her in a bathroom stall. 

The school claims there is more to the issue. However, due to “data privacy reasons” the school is unable to release any details that would either vindicate their actions, or give more information about the incident. Here is a link to the message the principal sent to families about the social media posts and the incident. In the letter the principal states that no students are barred from using any restroom at the school.

Here is another link to local CBS coverage of the incident. 

There are videos of the incident in each of the CBS articles.