This bill would have done the same thing for our children. Unfortunately, there are members of the committee who did not think that it was worth the money to do this or it is already being done. I’m not sure which, because the opposition stated both.
Barmak Nassirian, is a higher education policy analyst with more than 25 years experience in student privacy. He has testified before the US Senate and House of Representatives Education Committees regarding K-12 privacy. He testisfied today during today’s hearing about types of data being collected and the importance of protecting that data. You can read more from Barmak Nassirian at the following links. (Link 1) (Link 2) (Link 3)
Teachers shared that they already are being protective of our children’s information. Rep. Deutsch said that he spoke with a school board in his district and they reported to him that it would cost $25 per student to do this. Different education associations reported that FERPA already protects this information. (We all know that privacy protection through FERPA is a joke.) Some said that teachers don’t have the time to research student privacy. So, again, I’m not sure why this basic privacy protection for our children, the same protection we as adults have, was voted down. This bill was a no-brainer.
You can see how committee members voted and listen to the hearing here. Or listen below starting at the 3:09 mark.