AASA Statement on Student Data Privacy Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – March 23, 2015 – In advance of anticipated legislation related to student data privacy, Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today regarding the student data privacy bill about to be introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Lucas Messer (R-Ind).  

“At a time when educational technology, connectivity and personalized learning are at the front of everyone’s mind as it relates to education, we have an absolute responsibility to apply the safety we ensure for our students in the classroom to their educational records and related data. It is important that federal policy as it relates to student data and privacy is streamlined, supportive of high-quality state and local policies, and addresses the realities of the digital age, making it possible to protect data while ensuring appropriate use of student data for legitimate educational needs and reforms.

“We applaud U.S. Reps. Polis and Messer for making the first concrete step in this critical conversation and look forward to working with Congress to update federal education privacy policy in a manner that supports and empowers state and local educators.”

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AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.