Cross-posted with Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi.
To whom it may concern:
I am the parent and legal guardian of (full name of child), currently (x ) years of age.
My child attended x school in grades K-x (during what years); x school in grades x-y, (during what years) and x high school (during what years) in [what] school district.
Please provide me with whatever personally identifiable information (PII) that the State Education Department has collected on my child and which of this information is included in the state’s student longitudinal database, including any and all information in the database that has been contributed by other state agencies.
To access this information, and challenge it if it is incorrect is every parent’s right under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), and the state cannot charge me a fee for accessing it.
This was confirmed by Dale King, Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office, in a letter he wrote to the Nevada Education Department on July 28, 2014:
….educational agencies and institutions, as well as SEAs [State educational agencies] may not charge a fee for search and retrieval of education records. See § 99.ll(b)
I also demand a list of any and all third parties, and/or governmental agencies, that have been provided with any of my child’s PII, which elements of PII they have received, and under what privacy and security agreements these disclosures were made.
Finally, I would like to know what governmental, citizen or advisory board exists to oversee the collection, use, distribution and eventual destruction of my child’s PII data, and their members.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
You can submit as many forms as necessary to obtain this information about all of your children.Keep a copy of what you submitted.
NJDOE must respond within seven days.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what you find out.
Thank you to Save Our Schools NJ organizer, Christine McGoey, for sharing this valuable information!