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UPDATE: CDE Lawsuit Affects Release of Student Data

 Message #2 (March 10, 2016) UPDATE Morgan Hill vs. CDE Lawsuit 

 
Court rules against releasing students’ sensitive database information. Parents and students' objections help make the case
In a welcome turn of events, Federal Judge Kimberley Mueller ruled that the California Department of Education (CDE) will not have to release its large database.

 

On Friday, March 4, 2016, Judge Mueller ruled that the CDE will not have to release the massive database holding information of more than 10 million students to the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking information to assist children with special needs. CDE's largest database -- called the "California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System" or "CALPADS" -- contains the most sensitive, personal and vulnerable information on California's current and former public-school students. 

The judge said the plaintiffs will be able to submit queries to CDE regarding data research, but CDE will not have to provide personal data such as names, Social Security numbers or other concerning and recognizable student information. The judge's decision was supported by all parties.

At the related hearing, Judge Mueller noted she has received "voluminous" numbers of objection forms from parents and students concerned about the possible release of personal information. While the forms are not opt-out forms and will not be considered by the court as such, she emphasized that the objection forms reinforced the need to protect students’ information. Forms received will be included in the court's official documentation.

 

While this is a new outcome in these proceedings, parents are still encouraged to print out and mail in an Objection to Disclosure Form.  To obtain the form please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf. Note that the deadline to submit an objection to the court is April 1, 2016. 

 

To view the CDE news release Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Federal Court Order Strengthening Student Privacy Protections in Morgan Hill Case please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr16/yr16rel18.asp.

 

To view frequently asked questions please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/morganhillfaq.asp

 

If you have any questions please contact Michael Cobarrubias, Associate Superintendent at 951-736-5154 or Linda White, Assistant to the Superintendent at 951-736-5003.   
 

Message #1 (February 19, 2016) CDE Lawsuit Affects Release of Student Data espanol
 
A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including Corona-Norco Unified School District.  As part of the lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to provide to the court, the parties, their attorneys and consultants, with personally identifiable information.  The data includes personally identifiable information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended, a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.

 

However, parents or guardians of students are able to object to the disclosure of their student’s information by submitting an objection to the court.  Parents can find more information regarding this lawsuit and how to object to the disclosure of their student’s information at the following website: www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase.  
 

To obtain the Objection to Disclosure Form please go to: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf.  Note that the deadline to submit an objection to the court is April 1, 2016. 

 

To view the CDE news release Superintendent Torlakson Voices Strong Support for Protecting Student Privacy and Explains Ways to Object to Disclosure of Student Data please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr16/yr16rel15.asp. 

 

Please understand that the Corona-Norco Unified School District is not a party to the lawsuit and is not required to disclose any student information, nor does it intend to do so.  If you have any questions please contact Linda White, Assistant to the Superintendent at 951-736-5003 or Michael Cobarrubias, Associate Superintendent, Instructional Support at 951-736-5154.