March 3, 2014
Governor Nixon and his staff signed Missouri onto the Common Core education standards without going through proper procedures. Now we know that a large part of Common Core is data collection on Missouri children.
Please fill out an online witness form. If you can make it to the hearing, print yourself a copy and present it yourself. We will also print and hand deliver your witness form to the House committee, along with hundreds of others as a strong showing of support. (We will also present witness forms for anyone who opposes the measure and fills one out, here..)
|Witness Form – We will hand deliver your witness form and also make your testimony available online for the committee to read.|
A message from Anne Gassel:
Since receiving State Fiscal Stabilization Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2008, the state has been required to set up a state longitudinal data system to track student data from pre-school to the workforce (age 20).
While the state currently collects 60 or so data points on each child, as required to receive Title I, Title II and IDEA funds from the federal government, the national database model that all states who received SFSF are theoretically working towards calls for over 400 data points on each student.
Currently the only protection that data receives is that provided by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). That act was changed through Executive Order in 2012 to allow greater access to that data by entities outside the local school district. Big Data is driving most of our current education policy, allowing greater access to the treasure trove of data being amassed on our students.
Children’s personal data is the most sought after data by companies and identity thieves. Missouri needs its own requirements for Student Data Privacy. Since DESE is a part of the P20 Council which oversees the collection and access to student data, they have a conflict of interest in setting privacy requirements. Therefore, our legislature must provide some guidance as to what measures are needed to provide parents and students with a reasonable assurance of privacy.
HB1873 sponsored by Rep. Casey Guernsey, (Dist 2) Establishes the Missouri Student Data Protection Act to provide protection beyond current FERPA requirements, transparency in the collection process and penalties for agents who allow security breaches.
This bill seeks to keep most personally identifiable data in the school district.
A Hearing is scheduled in the Downsizing State Government Committee Thursday March 6, 2014 8:00 a.m. Please let the DCG Committee know that you support protection of the student data that schools collect.
What you can do:
- Right NOW, either plan to attend the hearing on Thursday, or fill out the online witness form..
- Pass on this email or another with the generic witness form link to as many liberty loving people as you can.
- Stay tuned and watch for more announcements.