Frank LoMonte writes:
Recruitment rivalry between school districts and the operators of charter schools is exposing a flaw in federal data-privacy law that calls for congressional repair.
Recently, a Tennessee appeals court ordered the Nashville school district to turn over student enrollment lists requested by two charter school proprietors, who plan to use the lists to market their alternative educational options to local families. The court rejected the Nashville school board’s claim—a position shared by the Memphis school district—that federal privacy law makes it optional for districts to produce or withhold student directories as they choose.
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