Districts across San Diego County are warning that students’ personal data will soon be accessed by two nonprofit groups as part of a federal court case involving special education services, sparking an outcry from parents and lawmakers over privacy rights.
The data—including Social Security numbers, mental-health records, and home addresses—has been sought by the California Concerned Parents Association and the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association, which are suing the California education department, alleging the state is not providing a free and appropriate public education to children with disabilities.
Parents can object to the data dump by April 1. But an education deparment spokesman said it’s up to the court to decide whether to honor parents’ wishes.
A version of this article appeared in the February 24, 2016 edition of Education Week