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LCSD issues ‘Parents Bill of Rights’

— One of the major concerns expressed by parents with respect to the Common Core learning curriculum is the safety of student data.

In order to address that concern, the Liverpool Central School District, along with districts

Liverpool’s Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

Pursuant to Education Law Section 2-d and the Common Core Implementation Reform Act, the Liverpool Central School District has adopted a Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security. The bill states:

A student’s personally identifiable information cannot be sold or released for any commercial purposes.

Parents have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child’s education record.

State and federal laws protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information, and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls, and password protection, must be in place when data is stored or transferred.

A complete list of all student data elements collected by the state will be available for public review both online and via regular mail from the State Education Department. The website and mailing addresses will be listed here when they are made available.

Parents have the right to have complaints about possible breaches of student data addressed. N.Y. Education Law § 2-d(3)(b). To file a complaint, contact Anthony Davis, Director of Staff Services for the Liverpool Central School District, by e-mail (TDavis@liverpool....), by mail (195 Blackberry Road, Liverpool, NY 13090) or by phone (622-7130).

statewide, has implemented a Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security.

According to LCSD Superintendent Mark Potter, the concerns rose from a contract the New York State Education Department had entered into with InBloom, a nonprofit that manages student data to help districts determine student placements, among other considerations. Many parents expressed concern about what InBloom would do with that data, worrying that it might be sold or otherwise disseminated by the company to target students and families. As a result, New York, along with five other states, abandoned its agreement with the company.

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