November 15, 2019

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Awesome PD Opportunity: Train-the-Trainer program on student data privacy

Since 2013, over 130 new student privacy laws have passed in 41 states, with more bills and regulations being rolled out each year with many new requirements for educators and administrators to implement. Some state laws include the threat of jail or large fines when school staff even unintentionally violate student privacy. Unfortunately, few states have received funding or support in implementing these new laws. This isn’t only a legal problem: as technology changes and the amount of information schools collect and maintain increases, ensuring that administrators have the information and skills needed to adequately oversee and protect student privacy in their day-to-day work is extremely challenging. 

District superintendents are essential to successful privacy programs, but it can be difficult for them to know where to begin. The Future of Privacy Forum, a nonprofit focused on consumer privacy, is launching a Train-the-Trainer program in 2020 to build the capacity of district superintendents and other key stakeholders to become student privacy experts to help the districts they serve and also become regionally and/or nationally known student privacy trainers and evangelists. Whether you are new to the student privacy world or an experienced practitioner, the free one-year FPF Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program will provide the knowledge and skills to make you a student privacy leader while also connecting you with a peer network and student privacy experts from across the country.  

Participants should have a strong interest in student privacy, the willingness to conduct student privacy trainings at their institutions or relevant conferences, and be able to dedicate approximately eight hours per month for virtual webinars (1-2 hours) and asynchronous activities (6 hours). Participants will also need to travel to Washington, D.C. for in-person workshops in February 2020 and November 2020. Travel scholarships are available for a limited number of participants. To learn more and apply or nominate someone else to be part of the program, please visit https://ferpasherpa.org/tttapplication.Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis but must be submitted no later than December 8th.  

November 14, 2019(1)

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AASA Files Amicus in Supreme Court Case on Vouchers

AASA was proud to join the National School Boards Association and many other education associations in an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in a pivotal school voucher case that the Court will hear in January known as Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. In the brief we argue that tuition tax credit programs like Montana's harm public education and that States' have a constitutional right to not fund religious instruction are part of their historic commitment to public education. You can read our brief here.