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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CONFIDENTIAL STUDENT DATA

Update on the Morgan Hill lawsuit relating to release of confidential student data

Please see below for an important update on the Morgan Hill lawsuit relating to release of confidential student data. For background on the case and instructions on how to file an objection, please read the Newscenter article posted Feb. 17 or visit the California Department of Education website.

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In her March 1 order, U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller noted the large number of objections to the potential release of student data received by the court following the posting of the Notice of Disclosure of Student Records on February 1.

In response to the objections, the court ordered that the California Department of Education maintain custody of the most sensitive of its databases, the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), while running searches for information requested by the plaintiffs. The court also reiterated that no student personally identifiable information may be released to the plaintiffs unless and until they demonstrate to the satisfaction of the court that the method to be used to store the sensitive student data is secure. The parties are still litigating the extent of the disclosure of student data.

As we alerted you last month (Feb. 17, also see below), parents, guardians and former students over 18 have the opportunity to object to the data release by printing out, completing, and mailing to the court the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records form or sending a confidential letter to the judge. The forms and letters are due by April 1, 2016.

Judge Mueller's March 1 order made clear that the objection forms are not a means to "opt-out" of any data release. The court also noted that it "has not and cannot realistically review the objections individually" due to the volume of the objections it has received. Therefore, the court will consider "the objections in bulk as objecting strongly to public disclosure of personal identifying information contained in the CDE's educational records." The court will maintain the objection forms in sealed boxes in a secure room at the federal court building in Sacramento.

The March 1 court order follows a February 29 special status hearing in the lawsuit filed by two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parents Association, against the CDE that dates to 2011 alleging systemic failure by the CDE to monitor the provision of special education by school districts, in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The CDE denies these allegations.

Our district was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations.

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court to consider not releasing your data, visit:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase. You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.

 

SDUSD February Statement

A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including San Diego Unified. 

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.

Our district was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations.

Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008.

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court to consider not releasing your data, visit:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase. You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800. 

 

INFORMACION IMPORTANTE SOBRE DATOS ESTUDIANTILES CONFIDENCIALES 

La demanda legal en contra del Departamento de Educación de California (CDE por sus siglas en inglés) está impactando a todos los distritos escolares en el estado, incluyendo a San Diego Unified.. 

En abril del 2012, dos organizaciones, la Asociación de Padres Afectados de Morgan Hill y la Asociación de Padres Afectados, entablaron una demanda legal en contra del CDE acusándolo de incumplimiento sistémico generalizado por parte de agencias locales de educación en cuanto a las leyes de educación especial. La demanda alega que el CDE no cumple con monitorear, investigar y corregir el dicho incumplimiento de acuerdo a lo estipulado por la ley. La CDE niega dichas acusaciones y está defendiendo el litigio activamente.

Nuestro distrito no está envuelto en la demanda y no es el sujeto de ninguna de las acusaciones de la misma.

Sin embargo, como parte de esta demanda, la corte ha ordenado a la CDE de divulgar todos los datos que ha recopilado en cuanto a estudiantes generales y de educación especial desde enero 1 del 2008.

Para obtener más información acerca de la divulgación de estos datos y como usted puede presentar una objeción con la corte para que esta considere no divulgar sus datos, visite: http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase. También puede contactar al Departamento de Educación de California al 916-319-0800.