Student Data Privacy

Key Federal Agency Guidance 2008-2017

Key Federal Agency Guidance Affecting Schools November 2008 - February 2017. 

NSBA Letter to House Education Committee Regarding Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In this letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel commends Chairman Kline and Senior Democratic Member Scott for proposing a bold and comprehensive new look at the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), now over forty years old. School boards and their attorneys recognize that the law needs a fresh approach, one that reflects the new and emerging reality of how schools collect, store, manage and work with student information in the 21st century.

NSBA Letter to House Education Committee Regarding Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In this letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel commends Chairman Kline and Senior Democratic Member Scott for proposing a bold and comprehensive new look at the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), now over forty years old. School boards and their attorneys recognize that the law needs a fresh approach, one that reflects the new and emerging reality of how schools collect, store, manage and work with student information in the 21st century. 

Bryner v. Canyons School District

Utah Court of Appeals holds that videotape from security camera at middle school was subject to disclosure restrictures pursuant to FERPA because the tape constituted a educational record within the meaning of FERA.

COSA Director to discuss student data privacy at Harvard

This Wednesday, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School will be hosting a working meeting on “Emerging & Future Privacy Issues in K-12 Connected Learning.” Attending and participating in the discussion will be Sonja Trainor, Director of the Council of School Attorneys (COSA), National School Boards Association (NSBA). Ms.

NSBA signs on to new student data privacy protections

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate for public education, today joins 31 leading national education organizations in signing on to the Principles for Using and Safeguarding Students’ Personal Information. These leading-edge principles were developed by the Data Quality Campaign and the Consortium for School Networking, in partnership with other national education organizations.

NSBA submits student data privacy resources to House Subcom. on Early Childhood, Elem, and Sec. Ed.

NSBA executive director Thomas J. Gentzel submitted a letter to the Honorable Todd Rokita, Chairman, and the Honorable Marcia Fudge, Ranking Member, U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, providing relevant and timely resources aimed at safeguarding student privacy while optimizing technology to improve student achievement and competitiveness. 

NSBA Letter Submitting Resources for "How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” hearing

NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel submitted this letter to the Honorable Todd Rokita, Chairman, and the Honorable Marcia Fudge, Ranking Member, U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education. This letter presents NSBA resources related to the Subcommittee's hearing "How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy," held on February 12, 2015.

New article on student data privacy by NSBA's Sonja Trainor: available in Kappan Magazine

Kappan Magazine recently published “Student data privacy is cloudy today, clearer tomorrow,” an article by Sonja Trainor, Director of the Council of School Attorneys, National School Boards Association (NSBA).  In the article Trainor delves into the issue of student data privacy and the growing concerns of the education community as schools rely on third party vendors to process and store student information.

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