Ty Tagami reports:
A student data protection bill got bottled up in a legislative committee Wednesday after a state education official testified that its requirements were onerous.
Senate Bill 281 places “draconian restrictions” on schools that “are not acceptable to us,” said Lou Erste, an associate superintendent with the Georgia Department of Education.
It started out as a privacy bill, allowing students to opt out of any digital learning platform and requiring the annual destruction of student data. Sen. William T. Ligon, Jr., R-Brunswick, deleted those elements of his bill due to criticism from educators, who use online apps for new methods of teaching and keep data to track performance as students progress from teacher to teacher.
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