Aug 262016
 August 26, 2016  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, U.S., Youth & Schools

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 2097 into law. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Melissa Melendez in February in response to a court order ordering the state to turn over information on 10 million students to a non-profit organization, prohibits school districts from gathering Social Security numbers and sharing information for students except when required by federal law.

Here are the guts of the law:

SEC. 2. Section 56601 of the Education Code is amended to read:

56601.  (a) Each special education local plan area shall submit to the Superintendent at least annually information, in a form and manner prescribed by the Superintendent and developed in consultation with the special education local plan areas, in order for the Superintendent to carry out the evaluation responsibilities pursuant to Section 56602. This information shall include other statistical data, program information, and fiscal information that the Superintendent may require. The Superintendent shall use this information to answer questions from the Legislature and other state and federal agencies on program, policy, and fiscal issues of statewide interest.

(b) In order to assist the state in evaluating the effectiveness of special education programs, including transition and work experience programs, the Superintendent shall, commencing with the 2017–18 fiscal year and phased in over a two-year period, assign a student identification number to individuals with exceptional needs for purposes of evaluating special education programs and related services. The Superintendent shall not disclose personally identifiable, individual pupil records to any person, institution, agency, or organization except as authorized by Section 1232g of Title 20 of the United States Code and Part 99 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

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