“Analysis: Recovery From Coronavirus Shutdowns Hinges on Good Data. What the Federal Government Can Do to Help States and Schools” via The 74

In this article appearing in The 74, Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger, President and CEO of Data Quality Campaign, describes some of the ways in which Congress can solve difficult educational challenges resulting from COVID-19. She notes that the effective use of student data at the local and state levels can give leaders the information needed to make informed decisions with the goal of improving educational outcomes.

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.

“Manchester School Board To Clarify Privacy Policies After Email Controversy” via New Hampshire Public Radio

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.