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Student data privacy and security: parental rights and district duties

On Board Online • October 13, 2014

By Courtney Sanik
Policy Consultant

Information is a hot commodity. As more districts move to local electronic or cloud information storage, there is widespread – and valid – concern that student’s information be protected. Districts have a legal duty to protect “personally identifiable information” (PII). This includes the student’s name and information that a reasonable person could use to link a given record to a student’s name with reasonable certainty.

The recently enacted Common Core Implementation Act (Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014) included, among other items, provisions regarding student privacy policy requirements. Much of the new law focuses on third-party contractors that receive student PII. The law also created notification requirements and established that districts must offer a “Parent’s Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security.”In light of these changes, NYSSBA’s Policy Department has updated policy 5500, Student Records.

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News Releases

SUNY POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE & NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION PRESENT THREE SCHOOLS WITH INNOVATION AWARDS IN STATEWIDE COMPETITION

FOR RELEASE:  October 2, 2014

Contact:   Al Marlin, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3723
     
Contact:  Jerry Gretzinger, SUNY Poly
(518) 956-7359

Albany, NY – Furthering Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high-tech educational paradigm as it prepares New York State’s students for opportunities in growing industries such as nanotechnology, three school districts have received “Be the Change for Kids” Innovation Awards for their novel approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) programs. The competition—now in its third consecutive year—is presented by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly).


“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership continues to catalyze the rapid growth of New York State’s nanotechnology sector, resulting in powerful educational opportunities, such as those that stem from the ‘Be the Change for Kids’ Innovation Awards, that can directly meet the needs of New York’s innovation economy,” said SUNY Poly CEO and Officer in Charge Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “We are once again delighted to partner with the New York State School Boards Association, and we congratulate this year’s honorees for their exciting, science-based programs and steadfast commitment to providing their students with the critical skills that are necessary for accessing high-tech opportunities across New York.”

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Nominations sought for NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

Do you know of a fellow board member who leads the way when advocacy is needed? Is there a board of education you particularly admire for their work to collectively secure outcomes with policymakers? Nominate that board member or a full board for the “NYSSBA Advocate of the Year” award!
Each year NYSSBA recognizes an individual and a full school board for outstanding advocacy. Honorees will be recognized at NYSSBA’s Capital Conference, which will be held in Albany on March 15 and 16. Nomination information for both awards can be found below.

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