Recently, there was a lawsuit brought against the California Department of Education that has resulted in the unfortunate order to release sensitive private personal information for any student enrolled in a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.
As citizens and parents, we feel this is just plain wrong. Here is an excerpt of the Notice from the District Court outlining details: (The full document can be found here.)
“As part of this lawsuit, and in order to prove their claims, Plaintiffs have requested that the California Department of Education (CDE) disclose subject to a Protective Order discussed below, information that it stores on databases and network drives that contain protected personal information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended, a California school at any time since January 1, 2008. Examples of information that is stored on CDE’s databases and network drives includes name, social security number, home address, demographics, course information, statewide assessment results, teacher demographics, program information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, special education assessment plans, special education assessments/evaluations, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), records pertaining to health, mental health and medical information, student statewide identifiers (SSID), attendance statistics, information on suspensions and expulsions, and results on state tests.”
Fortunately there is a short window to object to the release of your student(s) information if you follow the Court’s instructions below:
- “If you object to the disclosure of your or your child’s protected personal information and records, you must notify the Court by April 1, 2016, in one of two ways.
- First, you may print out and complete the “Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records Case No. 2:11-CV-03471” form at the CDE’s website, www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase, and mail your objection to the Court at the address below.
- Second, you may write a confidential letter to the Judge, including the name of the student on whose behalf you are writing, your name and relationship to the student, the student’s date of birth, county, school district, and school, and, if you wish, the basis of your objection.
- If you write a letter, on the first page of your letter, write in large or underlined letters: “TO BE FILED UNDER SEAL” and “OBJECTION TO DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT INFORMATION AND RECORDS, CASE NO. 2:11-CV-03471.” Mail your letter or objection form to: The Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller c/o Clerk of the Court U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of California 501 I Street, Room 4-200 Sacramento, CA 95814 Attn: DOCUMENT FILED UNDER SEAL
- If you are the parent or guardian, you must state in the objection the relationship that you have with the affected child or student.”
This is just as important an investment in your child’s future as any other action you take on their behalf. This information WILL end up in the wrong hands if released and there is enough to put your child’s identity and credit at risk. Please share this with friends, family and associates with children and help protect them. Again, the full document can be found here. Thank you!