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, filed a lawsuit in the early 1990s to increase state special education funding. As funding mandates have changed over the years, the organization has contended that the changes have been insufficient to guarantee disabled students a free and appropriate education as required by law.
The data to be released covers the 2013-14 school year and includes information on all students, not just those with a disability or special-needs designation.
John Charlton, spokesman for the state Department of Education, said the release covers the student identification number, school, grade, race, age and disability category as well as records from the Ohio Achievement Assessments, Ohio Graduation Test, data related to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and data on student suspensions and expulsions.
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