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Court Orders Release of Private Student Information

Per a federal court order last month, private information on some 10 million students will be released by the California State Department of Education to the plaintiffs in an ongoing legal battle.

The Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the California Concerned Parents Association claim that information from the massive database will help determine if the state has deprived some disabled students of their educational rights. The department has denied the allegations and has fought to keep the student records private.

The order encompasses student information dating back to January 1, 2008, and the information will be available only to the plaintiffs and associated legal teams. Parents or legal guardians who do not want their students’ information released can submit a written objection through a form located on the department’s website.

Santa Barbara Unified School District’s site also provides a link to the form. Not submitting an objection will be “deemed a waiver of your right to object to the disclosure of your or your child’s protected personal information and records,” according to the court order.

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