UPDATE from our charter:
Correcting the Record – CDE Forced to Release Student Data
It has come to our attention that the waiver parents have been directed to use statewide to avoid having their student’s data shared by the California Department of Education (CDE) to California Concerned Parents Association and the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association is only a request and not a waiver.
The form being completed and submitted by thousands of parents/guardians is to encourage the judge NOT to share individual student(s) data. After April 1, the deadline to submit requests, the judge will be deciding next steps. Currently, U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento imposed several measures designed to protect the student information, including that fewer than 10 people be allowed to search student records and that attorneys and consultants will have access only to records through judicial overseers. Also, politicians statewide are introducing legislation designed to ensure that personal information like Social Security numbers are protected at the school district level.
We apologize for this confusion and hope that the judge supports those parents not wanting their data released.
The following is from the Home School Legal Defense Association:
California Department of Education Lawsuit Raises Questions about Student Records
A recent post on the California Department of Education’s website about a lawsuit has concerned parents around the state.
Entitled “Notice of Disclosure of Student Records,” the post http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/
The federal court overseeing the lawsuit has already issued a protective order that prevents either party from disclosing any of this personal information to the public or using it for any purpose other than the lawsuit, and requiring all the information to be either returned to the department or destroyed after the suit is done. Additionally, it appears that the department will be using pseudonyms to protect all of the students’ and schools’ information. The federal court required the department to post a notice on its website informing parents of their right to object to the department releasing any information on their children.
For families who have homeschooled their children every year and have never requested a special education assessment, the department will not have any personal information on your children because the affidavit that is filed with the CDE does not have that information.
If you have had children in a California school during the time period involved, and you choose to object to the possible disclosure of information about your children, before April 1, 2016 you can either fill out the form found here http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/
If you have questions about this case, please feel free to contact HSLDA for further information.