A spreadsheet detailing sensitive personal information about 2,000 students in the District of Columbia public schools was publicly available online for months.
City Councilman David Grosso tells news outlets that school officials shouldn’t have given his office the spreadsheet that was posted on his website.
The file saved in February contains names, dates of birth, housing status, school, grade level, and whether the student is eligible for special education. School officials provided it in response to questions from Grosso’s education committee.
He said he removed it and alerted the school system last month after a student spotted it.
School district officials say steps are being taken so it doesn’t happen again.
A version of this article appeared in the September 12, 2018 edition of Education Week as District of Columbia Schools Expose Students’ Personal Information Online