Barbara Wood reports that so many parents have filed objections to a California federal judge’s ruling to release 10 million students’ records that U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller has clarified the order and noted that there are too many objections to review individually. No records have been released as yet.
On Feb. 29, Judge Mueller held a hearing on questions involving the release of information, and issued a new ruling on March 1. “Given the number of objections received, and the objections that will continue to be received, the court has not and cannot realistically review the objections individually,” she wrote.
Judge Mueller said the objections, which can be sent in until April 1, are to be “preserved” by storing them “in sealed boxes stored in a secure room until further order of the court.”
The March 1 ruling includes a further safeguard for the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), which it calls “the most sensitive” information that is being requested “because it contains the largest quantity of personal identifying information.” If that database is approved for release, it would remain with the Department of Education, which would have to let representatives of the groups filing the lawsuit search the database for the information they had requested.
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