School’s Re-opening: Protect Your Child’s Privacy
As children return to school, parents are often swamped with forms and informational packets. One of them, however, is something that you really need to pay attention to if you want to protect your child's privacy. Under FERPA, schools that receive public education funds must notify parents every year as to what types of information the school district considers "Directory Information" that they can share with others - without your knowledge or consent - unless you opt out of information sharing. Given how massive databases compile more and more data about ourselves and our children, and given that you do not know ...
Washington State Legislature Moves to Limit Schools Pinning Down and Isolating Kids
by Annie Waldman ProPublica, March 10, 2015, 11:31 a.m. A bill that would limit Washington public schools restraining or isolating students is working its way through the state Legislature, making it at least the fourth state to move to limit restraints in recent months. Last year, an analysis of government data by ProPublica and NPR revealed that educators frequently <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/schools-restraints-seclusions">pin down kids and isolate them</a>. During the 2012 school year, these practices were used on students more than 267,000 times. Nearly three-quarters of the reported restraints involved children with disabilities. Hundreds of children are injured each year during restraints <a href="http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09719t.pdf">and at least ...
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