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ALL-IMPORTANT STUDENT PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT IN U. S. SENATE

May 14, 2015 by

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BREAKING: 5.14.15 – 2:00 P. M. — Education Liberty Watch and Florida Stop Common Core

 

 http://edlibertywatch.org/

  

 

Education Liberty Watch is pleased to join a broad coalition of state and national groups in supporting The Student Privacy Protection Act introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) today. The text of the bill is available here:   

http://www.flstopcccoalition.org/files/E4D23F13-82F1-4049-95CC-541BDE2123B1–1AC78F14-AA5A-427A-BA67-4C2F6B3DC943/student-privacy-protection-act-final-draft-before-intro.pdf

 

  

Here is Senator Vitter’s Statement from his press release:  

 

“Parents are right to feel betrayed when schools collect and release information about their kids. This is real, sensitive information – and it doesn’t belong to some bureaucrat in Washington D.C.,” Vitter said. “We need to make sure that parents and students have complete control over their own information.”

 

Here is Dr. Karen Effrem’s statement from that same release:  

 

“While this bill is very strong in a number of areas critical to student, teacher, and family data privacy, we are especially pleased with the language that prohibits psychological and attitudinal profiling of students in surveys or academic assessments, ” said Dr. Karen Effrem, president of Education Liberty Watch and executive director of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition.  “Senator Vitter deserves great thanks for his tireless efforts to roll back the intrusive data gathering, psychological profiling and career tracking of our children by the federal government and corporations.” (See Dr. Effrem’s research paper “Psychosocial Manipulation in the Common Core Standards and Aligned Tests and Curriculum”  for more details on this issue.)

 

What follows is the initial strong and very likely to increase list of state and national organizations supporting the legislation:

 

 We; the undersigned groups that have grave concerns about the loss of student and family data privacy, psychological profiling, and career tracking related to the Common Core standards, aligned state tests and longitudinal data systems; are grateful to Senator David Vitter for introducing and do strongly support The Student Privacy Protection Act.

 

This legislation provides important protections in the following areas:

 

Rolling back the disastrous extra-congressional regulatory changes that vastly expanded access of third parties to our children’s personally

identifiable data, now limiting that access and requiring parental consent in all cases

Holding educational agencies, schools, and third parties liable for violations of the law through monetary fines, damages, and court costs

Prohibiting psychological or attitudinal profiling of students or gathering of sensitive family information via any assessments, including academic assessments or surveys

Extending data protections for homes schooled students required to submit educational data to public school districts

Prohibiting educational agencies, schools, and the Secretary of Education from including personally identifiable information obtained from Federal or State agencies through data matches in student data.

Banning Federal education funds to states or districts that film, record, or monitor students or teachers in the classroom or remotely without parent or adult student and teacher consent.

 

We strongly urge the senators of our respective states to co-sponsor this critically important piece of legislation and our congressional representatives to author and co-sponsor this bill in the US House.

 

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 

American Principles in Action

CONTACT:

Emmett McGroarty, Executive Director or Jane Robbins, Senior Fellow

202-503-2010

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

CONTACT:

Jaime Ballew

540-849-0107  

Eagle Forum

CONTACT:

Glyn Wright, Executive Director 

202-544-0353 

Education Liberty Watch

CONTACT:

Dr. Karen Effrem, President

763-458-7119

Home School Legal Defense Association

CONTACT:

William Estrada, Director of Federal Relations

540-338-5600 

Women on the Wall

CONTACT:

Alice Linahan, Vice-President

972-322-8313  

Special Ed Advocates to Stop Common Core

CONTACT:

Teri Sasseville, Founder

770-969-8943

Stop Early Childhood Common Core

CONTACT:

Teri Sasseville, Founder

770-969-8943

 

STATE ORGANIZATIONS 

Arkansas

Arkansans for Education Freedom

CONTACT:

Karen Lamoreaux

501-690-3134

Arkansas Against Common Core

CONTACT:

Jennifer Helms

jennifer@arkedfreedom.org 

Florida

The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition

CONTACT:

Dr. Karen Effrem, Executive Director

763-458-7119

Florida Parents RISE

CONTACT:

Meredith Mears, Debbie Higgenbotham, & Stacie Clark, Co-Founders  

850-321-7258  

The Tea Party Network

CONTACT:

Catherine Baer, Chairwoman

850-345-1114

Georgia

Georgians to Stop Common Core

CONTACT:

Teri Sasseville, Founder

770-969-8943

Opt Out Georgia

CONTACT:

Meg Norris, Ed.S. , Founder

commoncoreandthebrain@gmail.com 

Idaho

Idahoans for Local Education

CONTACT:

Stephanie Zimmerman, Founder

208-571-8770  

Indiana

Hoosiers Against Common Core

CONTACT:

Heather Crossin and Erin Tuttle, Founders

eob72@yahoo.com

Iowa

Iowa RestorEd

CONTACT:

Shane Vander Hart and Diane Beck, Co-Founders

515-321-5077

Iowa for Student Achievement

CONTACT:

Jeff Moorman

515-205-8750 

Kansas

Kansans Against Common Core

CONTACT:

Rosy Schmidt, Lisa Huesers, Shirley Koehn, Courtney Rankin-Board Members

courtney@kansansagainstcommoncore.com 

Louisiana

Louisiana  Against Common Core

CONTACT: 

Anna Arthurs  

afalco2_99@yahoo.com  

Massachusetts

Common Core Forum

CONTACT:

Donna Colorio, Founder

508-450-0104

Stop Common Core Massachusetts

CONTACT:

Shanon Dahlstrom

508-446-2218

Michigan

Stop Common Core in Michigan, Inc.

CONTACT:

Deborah DeBacker

248-840-0397

Minnesota

Minnesotans Against Common Core

CONTACT:

Linda Bell

Linda@MNagainstCC.com

Missouri

Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

CONTACT:

Anne Pharo Gassel or Gretchen Logue

636-448-2124 or 314-378-6568  

South Dakota

South Dakotans Against Common Core

CONTACT:

Mary Scheel-Buysse

605-610-6872

Tennessee

Tennessee Against Common Core

CONTACT:

Karen Bracken

215-692-2147

Texas

Truth in Texas Education  

Truth in Catholic Education  

West Virginia

WV Against Common Core

CONTACT:

Angie Summers

304-863-0402

Wyoming

Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core

CONTACT:

Christy Hooley
307-871-8600   


 

 

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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