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DISD Sharing Student Grades, Info

DISD parents can protect students' privacy

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    by Bruce Felps

    Parents of students enrolled at Dallas ISD schools need to take action to protect their kids' personal information from becoming part of the public record.

    Without a signed document -- available in the student enrollment packet issued at about the start of the school year -- preventing the release of information such as the student's address, phone number, date and place of birth ... nothing about Social Security numbers, huh? ... school officials could hand over the information to military recruiters, college recruiters and, presumably, even ex-spouses who have lost parental rights in court.

    According to a press release from the district, military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, OK, have the right to obtain such information -- which also includes grades, disciplinary actions, enrollment history -- under terms of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Parents must sign and submit the protection document within 15 days of its distribution in the packet to block such dissemination.

    According to the release, "Detailed information about parental rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be found in the Student Handbook." Hint: page 40.

    Read that stuff in the enrollment packet. It might be important.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. This comes as news to him. Then again, he doesn't have kids.