State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson reiterated his strong commitment to student privacy today, calling it a top priority of his administration. “We have fought vigorously to protect students privacy rights and will continue that fight,” he said.
As part of that commitment and to comply with a court order, Torlakson reminded parents, guardians, and some former students over 18 that they can object to the release of personally identifiable information to plaintiffs in a court case, Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association vs. California Department of Education.
Plaintiffs in the case have sought numerous documents and data stored in databases maintained by the California Department of Education (CDE).
The CDE for nearly three years has consistently fought requests by the plaintiffs to produce documents that contain the personally identifiable information of students and has produced documents with that information removed.