<![CDATA[Core Concerns - Take Action]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 21:30:34 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Protect Student Privacy, Send In Your Comments to the US Department of Education]]>Mon, 15 Feb 2016 01:50:50 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/protect-student-privacy-send-in-your-comments-to-the-us-department-of-education
Parent Coalition for
​Student Privacy
The U.S. Department of Education intends to create a new student database to house the personally identifiable information of 12,000 students500 teachers and 104 principals from 104 unidentified schools in 12 school districts across the country.

The information collected on students will include vast amounts of sensitive data including, but not limited to, standardized test scores, race/ethnicity, individual education plan status, and discipline records in order to facilitate "a rigorous study of the effectiveness of providing data-driven instruction professional development to teachers and principals." The Department of Education is accepting public comments about its data-collection plans until February 18, 2016.There was an article about this plan in the Washington Post last month, before the comment period was extended
Please send in your comments and join the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy in telling the Department of Education that the federal government should never collect personally identifiable student information for any reason and that it should cease plans to develop this database at once. However, if the Department is intent on moving forward with this study, we believe it should be obligated to:
  1. explain why aggregate information can't be used instead of personally identifiable information;
  2. specifically define the personally identifiable elements that will be collected and why each data element is needed;
  3. notify parents of student who are involved in the study, or at least reveal which districts are participating, and report the names of any other third parties to whom the personally identifiable information will be disclosed;
  4. demand that districts obtain informed consent from parents whose children are participating in the study;
  5. demonstrate "significant improvement" in the four key areas identified as a result of a recent Congressional hearing on cybersecurity, or at least report what security protections will be used to safeguard the data;
  6. disclose specifically when the data will be deleted or destroyed;
  7. explain why the federal government has a need to collect or maintain any personally identifiable data when districts could provide it directly to the researchers for their analysis.
Feel free to simply copy our recommendations, add/subtract, or write your own, and submit them here by Thursday, February 18th.

To view our full comments to the U.S. Department of Education, please visit here; and see the official notice here.

Thank you for your continued support to protect student privacy!
Leonie Haimson and Rachael Stickland, Co-chairs
Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
<![CDATA[Alert! This MONDAY! testify in support of these bills protecting student data privacy!]]>Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:20:26 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/alert-this-monday-testify-in-support-of-these-bills-protecting-student-data-privacyFebruary 9, — 3pm Room 107
HB15-1108 Lundeen — Protections Collection And Release Student Data 
- Read Bill Details

Feb 9, — 4pm Room 107
HB15-1199 Student & Teacher Data Privacy & Security Act EVERETT — MARBLE
Read Bill Details

- See Tips on Testifying]]>
<![CDATA[Mom's Bill-Part Deux:  Revising Colorado Education Accountability Measures HB15-1105 ]]>Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:19:59 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/moms-bill-part-deux-revising-colorado-education-accountability-measures-hb15-1105
Mark Your Calendars:
March 16th — 1:30pm
200 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

Why a comprehensive bill? 

The phrase Common Core encompasses more than standards. 

Every state adopting Common Core must adopt these Four Assurances from the US Department of Education's mandate. -See More
<![CDATA[Chairman Alexander Announces Plan to Fix No Child Left Behind — Email Senate Before Jan. 21]]>Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:16:57 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/chairman-alexander-announces-plan-to-fix-no-child-left-behind-email-senate-before-jan-21
“During the last six years, this committee has held 24 hearings and reported two bills to the Senate floor to fix the law’s problems. We should be able to finish our work within the first few weeks of 2015 so the full Senate can act."   – Lamar Alexander
 Alexander said. “I look forward to input from all sides on this proposal as we move forward with a bipartisan process that will keep the best portions of the law, while restoring responsibility to states and local communities and ensuring that all 50 million students in our nation’s 100,000 public schools can succeed.”

Alexander also released a staff discussion draft of his bill to fix the problems with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to begin discussion with his Senate colleagues, and also to solicit public feedback on the proposed draft. [Click HERE to access the discussion draft.]

Alexander announced the committee’s first hearing this year on No Child Left Behind, and said he would hold additional hearings after conferring with Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) He also announced beginning this week bipartisan meetings in the Senate education committee to discuss the chairman’s discussion draft, consider changes and improvements, identify areas of agreement, and discuss options to proceed.

Chairman Alexander asked for input from the public on his staff discussion draft by Monday, February 2 at:FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov. Comments will be shared with all members of the Senate HELP Committee.

The first hearing will be scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, January 21 – “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability”
<![CDATA[Take Parent-Student-Teacher Survey on Colorado Annual Student Academic Assessment Program]]>Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:57:17 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/take-parent-student-teacher-survey-on-colorado-annual-student-academic-assessment-programThis survey developed by the Denver Alliance for Public Education. Colorado requires its public school students to take annual tests in a variety of subjects from pre-school through 11th grade.  The state legislature in 2014 passed HB14-1202 creating a Standards and Assessments Task Force, known as the 1202 Task Force, to evaluate the time, cost, and benefits of federal and state mandated annual student assessments.  

The Task Force will provide recommendations to the Colorado legislature on testing policy and implementation. The budget for the 1202 assessment work did not include money for a survey of parents, students, and teachers. This survey can fill that information gap. Survey results will be published broadly and presented to the HB14-1202 Task Force and the Colorado state legislature.  
Take the Survey
<![CDATA[Have an opinion about state tests students are required to take? Attend Tomorrows meeting]]>Thu, 06 Nov 2014 01:42:44 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/have-an-opinion-about-state-tests-students-are-required-to-take-attend-tomorrows-meeting
Below details email that was sent out today by the PSD Executive Director of Communications:

PSD parents, students and staff: Have an opinion about state tests students are required to take? Come to a community forum 

Thursday, November 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the JSSC Boardroom (2407 Laporte Avenue) and let your voice be heard!
At this engagement session, members of the state appointed Task Force on Assessment (one of whom is Nancy Tellez – PSD Board member) will be on hand to listen to the community and hear your sentiments regarding student testing. Task force members are examining the issue of student assessments in Colorado. Your feedback will be used to inform the task force’s recommendation to the Legislature regarding this issue in January.  
PSD’s recent internal assessment review as well as the district’s recommendations for federal, state and local assessments will also be discussed.
<![CDATA[Are Public Schools too Invasive?  Take Poll to Submit Your Opinion]]>Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:46:07 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/are-public-schools-too-invasive-take-poll-to-submit-your-opinion
A survey now running on Debate.org, gives you the opportunity to participate in this opinion poll. Click the button below to connect to this interactive forum, and let your voice be heard.
<![CDATA[Where Do Colo Candidates Stand on Common Core? View Results of Grassroots Survey]]>Fri, 26 Sep 2014 04:46:45 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/read-colorado-candidate-responses-to-recent-grassroots-survey-on-common-core
The goal of this survey is to inform voters where candidates stand on important issues of Common Core, PARCC assessments, and data mining. Every effort was made to reach all candidates. This survey was a joint effort of many grassroots parents and citizens across Colorado and we thank every candidate who took the time to participate. This survey is ongoing, results will be updated periodically so check back. For best results review this in Acrobat Reader. Names of candidates are alphabetical by FIRST name. Bookmarks are available for quick navigation to specific candidates (to use bookmarks - it is best to download and open directly from Acrobat Reader). If you can't find your candidate, try doing a search within your pdf reader.
<![CDATA[ACTION ALERT — CAll Senators ASAP! the Senate HELP is negotiating over the re-authorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act.]]>Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:08:09 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/action-alert-call-senators-asap-the-senate-help-is-negotiating-over-the-re-authorization-of-the-education-sciences-reform-act
We just heard that RIGHT NOW, the Senate HELP (Health Education Labor and Pensions committee) is negotiating over the re-authorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act. We were told that there are Democrats on the committee who are pushing for relaxing limits on access to personal student data, and are saying that researchers should be able to obtain open-ended access to complete student data sets–and that they shouldn’t have to even specify which specific student level data they want for what purposes.

We are urging all parents/advocates to call their Senators in DC ASAP and if possible on Monday morning–ESPECIALLY if your Senator is on the HELP committee (listed with links to their contact info below) and especially the Democrats, and ask to speak to their education staffers with the following message:
As regards the Education Sciences Reform Act, student data used by researchers should be de-identified and anonymized to the extent possible.  In NO case should any researcher obtain open-ended access to personally identifiable student data without parental consent.  There must be strict oversight and protocols, and the researcher must explain exactly what type of personal data they need for what particular purpose and why it is absolutely necessary to complete their analysis and why this could not be achieved with anonymized data.

If you have more time to talk, you can point out that there have been more than 700 reported breaches of personal data from educational institutions since 2005 according to http://www.privacyrights.org/data-breach.

You can also point out that the NCES has said that Fair Information Practices require that only personal information that is directly relevant and necessary for the specified purpose should be collected and/or shared.

It is especially important that parents/advocates who live in the states represented by Dems below call on Monday.

Please email us if you have any questions: info@studentprivacymatters.org     

Parent Coalition for Student Privacy

Senate HELP Committee

Democrats by Rank

Tom Harkin (IA)
202-224-3254  |  Email

Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
202-224-4654  |  Email

Patty Murray (WA)
202-224-2621  |  Email
Toll Free: 866-481-9186

Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
202-224-5141  |  Email

Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)

202-224-6324  |  Email
Toll Free: (866) 802-2833

Kay R. Hagan (NC)
202-224-6342  |  Email

Al Franken (MN)
651-221-1016  |  Email

Michael F. Bennet (CO)
Denver: 303-455-7600
Fort Collins: 970-224-2200
Toll Free: 866-455-9866

Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
202-224-2921  |  Email
Providence: (401) 453-5294

Tammy Baldwin (WI)
202-224-5653  |  Email

Christopher S. Murphy (CT)
202-224-4041  |  Email
Hartford: 860-549-8463

Elizabeth Warren (MA)
202-224-4543  |  Email
Boston: 617-565-3170
Springfield: 413-788-2690
Republicans by Rank

Lamar Alexander (TN)
202-224-4944  |  Email

Michael B. Enzi (WY)
202-224-3424  |  Email
Toll-Free: 888-250-1879

Richard Burr (NC)
202-224-3154  |  Email

Johnny Isakson (GA)
202-224-3643  |  Email
Atlanta: 770-661-0999

Rand Paul (KY)
859-426-0165  |  Email

Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
202-224-5251  |  Email
Salt Lake City: (801) 524-4380

Pat Roberts (KS)
202-224-4774  |  Email
Topeka: 785-295-2745

Lisa Murkowski (AK)
202-224-6665  |  Email
Fairbanks: 907-456-0233

Mark Kirk (IL)
202-224-2854   |  Email
Chicago: 312-886-2117
Springfield: 217-492-5089 

Tim Scott (SC)
202-224-6121  |  Email
Toll Free: 855-425-6324 

Fair Information Practices. http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2011/2011601.pdf

PURPOSE SPECIFICATION— specifically articulating the authority that permits the collection of personally identifiable information and specifically articulating the purpose or purposes for which the personally identifiable information is intended to be used

DATA MINIMIZATION AND RETENTION—only collecting personally identifiable information that is directly relevant and necessary to accomplish the specified purpose(s). Only retaining personally identifiable information for as long as is necessary to fulfill the specified purpose(s)

 USE LIMITATION—using personally identifiable information solely for the purpose(s) specified in the public notice. Sharing information should be for a purpose compatible with the purpose for which the information was collected
<![CDATA[EMAIL the HB-1202 Task Force: "What would an effective statewide assessment system include?"]]>Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:56:18 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/take-action/email-the-hb-1202-task-force-what-would-an-effective-statewide-assessment-system-include
Send your response to this question and/or any other feedback by sending by emailing the task force. - Click Here for More Information

Email:  1202taskforcefeedback@gmail.com