Pleasanton Unified School District

CDE Lawsuit Affects Release of Student Data - Objection form available

UPDATE: There has been an updated court order affecting the release of student information. Please read a recent press release from the California Department of Education for more information

A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including Pleasanton Unified School District. We wanted to make you aware of this, and provide you with an objection form and other important information regarding this case.

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread systemic 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. The plaintiffs in this litigation have requested numerous documents, as well as data collected and stored by CDE for students dating back to January 2008, which  include personally identifiable student information.

The CDE is actively defending the litigation but have been ordered by the United States District Court to release the requested student information (to view more on what information may be shared, see page two of this notice from the CDE).

While the court order reads in part that "No student's identifying records will be released to the public," beyond those mentioned in the lawsuit, we want our families and students to be aware of the situation and their right to privacy.

Please understand that Pleasanton Unified is not involved in the lawsuit or subject to any of the suit's allegations.

Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the United States District Court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008.

Families are able to file an objection to the release of their child's records and personal information until April 1, 2016.

Here's how to complete an objection form: 

1. Download the form — available in English and Spanish (forms below):

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.

OR parents may write a confidential letter to Judge Mueller, including the following information:

a. The name of the student;

b. The letter writer’s name and their relationship to the student;

c. The student’s date of birth;

d. Their county;

e. Their school district;

f. Their school; and

g. If they wish, the basis of their objection.

This letter must have on the first page, in large and/or underlined type: “TO BE FILED UNDER SEAL” and “OBJECTION TO DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT INFORMATION AND RECORDS, CASE NO. 2:11-CV-03471.”

Mail the letter, one for each student 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

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court to consider not releasing your data, click here. You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.

 

Estimadas Familias de Pleasanton,

Queríamos informarle de un caso legal pendiente contra el Departamento de Educación de California ("CDE") que impacta a los distritos escolares de todo el estado yque implica la publicación de los datos del estudiante e información personal. Queríamos informarle acerca de esto, y proporcionarles un formulario de exclusión y otra información importante con respecto a este caso.

 El CDE está en litigio con dos asociaciones compuestaa por padres y tutores de niños con discapacidades: la Asociación de Padres de Morgan Hill y la Asociación de Padres Preocupados. Los demandantes en este caso han solicitado numerosos documentos, así como los datos recogidos y almacenados por el CDE para los estudiantes desde enero de 2008, que incluye información de identificación personal del estudiante. El CDE está defendiendo activamente el litigio, pero la Corte de Distrito de Estados Unidos ha ordenado al CDE entrgar la información del estudiante solicitada (para ver más información sobre qué información puede ser compartida, consulte la página dos de esta notificación del CDE).

Mientras que la orden judicial en parte dice que "Ningun documento que identifique al estudiante se dará a conocer al público," más allá de los mencionados en la demanda, queremos que nuestras familias y los estudiantes sean conscientes de la situación y su derecho a la privacidad.
 
Las familias son capaces de presentar una objeción a la publicación de archivos de su niño y la información personal hasta el 1 de abril de 2016. Para encontrar el formulario de objeción haga clic aquí (disponible en Inglés y Español), incluyendo instrucciones sobre cómo presentar una objeción, junto con más información del CDE.
 
Pleasanton Unified no es objeto de ninguna de estas acusaciones de este caso legal y no está obligado a revelar información de los estudiantes, ni tiene la intención de hacerlo.
 
Para obtener más información con respecto a la publicación de estos datos y cómo puede presentar una objeción a la corte, haga clic aquí o póngase en contacto con el Departamento de Educación de California al (916) 319-0800.
 
Pleasanton Unified se compromete a proteger la información privada de su familia y ayudarle a mantenerlo protegido y mantenerse informado.