eNews: February 28, 2016

Palo Verde PTA and School News

MATH NIGHT!  Mon Feb 29th, 6-8pm in the MP Room   Puzzles, Games and Fractals, Oh My!
  • Come and help to build the 3D Sierpinski Gasket Fractal – let’s see how big we can make it!
  • Can you choose the winning racehorse?  There’s a good probability!
  • What does a sunflower, a nautilus and Romanesco broccoli have in common?
All this and more at:
Math Night on Mon Feb 29th from 6-8pm in the MP Room
See you there!

(Volunteers needed  please email: glen.denise.white (at) gmail (dot) com)

 
How to Voice Your Concerns: CDE Database 
A February federal  court ruling is requiring the California Department of Education to release all personal data on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008: more than 10 million students including your child’s information. Take action now to voice your objection to releasing your child’s personal information. 
 

What you can do right now: Voice your objection  
Follow these step-by-step instructions to complete the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records:  


     1. Download the objection form — available in English and Spanish:

     2. Mail the completed form, one for each student, exactly as required to:  

United State District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller  
c/o Clerk of the Court  
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse  
501 I Street, Room 4-200  
Sacramento, CA 95814  
Attn: Document Filed Under Seal.

     3. Mail a copy to the California Department of Education at:

California Department of Education
1430 N Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814  
Attn: State Superintendent Tom Torlakson,
Morgan Hill Court Ruling.  

 
The deadline to submit objection forms and make your voice heard is April 1 – get yours in the mail to the court and CDE today. Do not fax or email the form, and do not phone or message – only hard-copy forms will be accepted.

  

WHAT CALIFORNIA STATE PTA IS DOING  
It’s hard to believe  that a judge would allow this type of release of children’s information. While California State PTA is not part of the court ruling, we are exploring other avenues to delay, reduce or possibly reverse the release of so much of our children’s personal information. California State PTA has a long history of protecting and upholding students’ privacy rights, and today is no different. Read our media statement, and we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.  

MORE INFORMATION
  
In April 2012, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) alleging non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law.  
While this lawsuit called for students’ general demographic information, a federal court has just ruled that CDE must release all data — even including names and Social Security numbers — it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008 – more than 10 million students. Find out more from the CDE.Read the California Department of Education’s media statement.   

 
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