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  1. Ignorant people are easier to rule. I am against indoctrination. I want my children to be free thinkers that form their own opinions. Common Core has the feel of nazi germanys Hitler Youth. very scary.

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  2. Hello, my name is Garrett and I’m a senior in high school. In October I attended a school board meeting and they were talking about something I don’t know what it’s called but they were saying that it would collect data on people from pre school to college. I was wondering if anybody has any idea on what this is?

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  3. Am wondering if you have read WY 2014 bill draft SF0036 Education-student data security
    sponsored by the Education Accountability Committee (http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2014/Introduced/SF0036.pdf)?
    If so, what is your opinion on it? They use a lot of words/phrases that might make people feel like privacy issues are being addressed.. however, the mention of a federal privacy act (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) doesn’t necessarily make me feel warm and fuzzy.

    Any input you have on this bill would be most appreciated!

    Thank you for what you are doing for all of us.

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    • Brenda,

      Thank you for your comment!

      SF 0036 has been reviewed by our group. While we do feel that Wyoming needs a data privacy bill, the scope of this bill needs to be broadened. As it is written now, the scope only covers data related to “teacher certification, statewide education accountability and assessment and the administration of the school finance system”. The scope of the bill needs to be broadened, and should include the State Longitudinal Data System. It should further use more restrictive language, and identify how data breaches will be reported, and what legal recourse/penalties will result from data breaches. Section (G) of the bill states that there will be “Routine and ongoing compliance with the federal family educational rights and privacy act (FERPA).” However, FERPA was drastically altered through a regulations change by the US Dept of Education in 2012. These changes undermine parental consent provisions and can be found in section 99.31 of the FERPA law. Furthermore, because the scope of the SLDS is so broad (includes non-educational agencies and non-educational data) by including several state agencies; its creation should be halted and this topic should be kicked back to an interim committee. The SLDS was initially funded through the 2012 Budget, under Enrolled Act 29, section 326- and cost over $5 million. Recently the Appropriations committee voted on $5.8 million dollars in additional funding. The 2012 needs assessment also states that the SLDS will require an additional $11.5 million in the next 5 years. This is a staggering amount of funding and a high amount of risk. We would recommend that the SLDS is not a positive investment for the state of Wyoming, nor will it assist in improving the education of our public school children.

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