Disclosure of Students’ Personal Information

What is this about?
A federal judge has required that California public school students’ personal information be turned over to a parent group suing the California Department of Education for failing to provide appropriate services to children with disabilities.

To prove their claims, the plaintiffs have received permission for their attorneys and consultants to view the information of about 10 million students who have been enrolled in the California public schools at any time since 2008.

What information will be released?
The information to be turned over to the attorneys and consultants for the Concerned Parents Association includes your student’s name, home address, and social security number, as well as his or her progress reports, behavior, discipline, and attendance information, and any Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

This data will be released only to the attorneys and consultants for the parent group, not to the general public, and is required to be returned or destroyed after the trial. The information is not to be used outside the context of this lawsuit.

What can I do about this?
If you are concerned about the release of your student’s confidential information, you can fill out this objection form and mail it to the judge in this case at:

United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
c/o Clerk of the Court
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
501 I Street, Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Document Filed Under Seal

This objection must be received by the court no later than April 1, 2016.

If you do not return an objection form, you will have waived your right to object to the disclosure of your child’s personal information in this case.

Forms will also be available in the front hall at Franklin Elementary.

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