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Update on Student Data Privacy and Morgan Hill Case

posted Mar 9, 2016, 4:23 PM by Alexander Tuilosega   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 4:26 PM ]
"The court heard loud and clear from California's families that they want their student's privacy protected. This is a good first step. The court in the Morgan Hill case responded to these concerns and ordered additional measures to safeguard student data." State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said.
A week ago we reported that the California Department of Education (“CDE”) is currently engaged in litigation with two non-profit associations comprised of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. The plaintiffs in that litigation have requested numerous documents, as well as student data collected and stored by CDE, which may include personally identifiable student information.

To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), CDE has been ordered, among other things, to inform parents and students of the disclosure of such information. CDE has requested that school districts and SELPAs post the following link to CDE’s website: The link provides a Notice and Objection form to allow parents to object, by April 1, 2016, to the disclosure of personally identifiable information related to their children.

Please note that Benicia Unified School District is not a party to the litigation and is not required to disclose any student data. 

If you have any questions, please contact CDE directly at 916-319-0800.