CORRECTION: This appears to be Batavia, Illinois, not the Batavia in New York.
Susan Sarkauskas reports on a case in Batavia
, New York that raises some important questions:
A Batavia High School teacher’s fans are rallying to support him as he faces possible discipline for advising students of their Constitutional rights before taking a school survey on their behavior.
They’ve been collecting signatures on an online petition, passing the word on Facebook, sending letters to the school board, and planning to speak at Tuesday’s school board meeting.
Students and parents have praised his ability to interest reluctant students in history and current affairs.
But John Dryden said he’s not the point. He wants people to focus on the issue he raised: Whether school officials considered that students could incriminate themselves with their answers to the survey that included questions about drug and alcohol use.
Read more on Daily Herald.
We need more details on what, exactly, the parents were told about the contents of the survey – including whether they were told that their children’s responses would be stored for future use and comparison. And in those states who might be sharing data with entities designated as “school officials,” were parents told specifically who would have access to their children’s sensitive information? Were they told if data would be stored only locally or in the cloud?
Although the teacher used it as a moment to teach the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination, what privacy rights do students have if their parents have not opted them out of a district or school survey? Does a student have the right to say, “This is too personal. I decline to answer?”
And if you don’t know whether your children have the right to (safely) refuse, whom will you ask?