March 3, 2016
Federal District Court Orders CDE to Disclose Personal Student Information to Plaintiffs in Case (Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. California Department of Education)
What Spectrum Center Parents Need to Know About Your Child’s Information
You may be aware of the recent federal district court decision in which the California Department of Education (CDE) is ordered to disclose personal student information about all students in the stateto plaintiffs who have initiated a lawsuit, known as Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. California Department of Education, against the CDE. Although the state agency is denying the allegations and defending against the litigation, CDE is required to produce all data on students as far back as 2008 during the discovery process; however, plaintiffs are prohibited from sharing the information publicly.
While Spectrum Center is not taking a stance in this case, we feel that it is our responsibility to inform you about the court order and your right to object to CDE’s disclosure of private information about your child, even though the contents are under a protective order and cannot be made public.
CDE is asking all school districts to post this link (http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase) on their websites to inform you about the court decision specifics and to give you the opportunity to formally object to the release of your child’s information, if you wish to do so. The form to file your objection can be found using this link, and the deadline for completing and mailing the form to the district court is April 1, 2016.