Aug 312014
 

Ellen Meder reports:  Schools inevitably amass a lot of information about their students: name, contact information, medical information and all the tidbits that make up an educational record. How and when that information can shared is tightly restricted on by the federal law Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). When personal information is shared [...]

Aug 302014
 

Merrill Hope reports: Breitbart Texas has learned that a new “Student Privacy Protection Request Form” has been released by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national non-profit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The “data-mining” opt-out form was designed to protect students from Big Data’s chokehold on the classroom. It was crafted with the [...]

Aug 282014
 

Christopher Simmons reports that Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s bill, AB 1442, passed its final legislative hurdle yesterday, clearing the Assembly floor by a vote of 76-0. AB 1442 would create reasonable standards of privacy when school districts collect and analyze (or contract with a third-party entity to collect and analyze) data that students post to social-media websites. [...]

Aug 282014
 

Wow. Lisa Roberson reports: A district judge has ordered the Ohio Department of Education to release student data to a nonprofit organization that is fighting a decades-old class-action lawsuit in federal court. Parents may object to the release of their student’s information by Sept. 12. Columbus-based Disability Rights Ohio, which advocates for people with disabilities, [...]

Aug 282014
 

From KXLH: Judge Kathy Seeley heard arguments Wednesday on whether or not records related to sexual assault at the University of Montana are covered under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Nationally known investigative reporter, Jon Kakauer, is working on a book about sexual assault at the University of Montana, and the university’s [...]

Aug 272014
 

From the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand, a program for children (and their teachers): Keeping children safe on the internet is a difficult task in today’s rapidly evolving technological world. To make it easier, the Privacy Commissioner in conjunction with Netsafe and supported by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO, has developed [...]

Aug 272014
 

Justin Andrews reports: Tuesday, Iowa City School District board members approved a plan on how to educate a student who is a registered sex offender. After a 30-minute closed session, the board decided where to place the student. The board voted 5-0 to accept the recommendation from superintendent Stephen Murley for the placement of the [...]