Morgan-Hill/California Department of Education LawsuitRelease of Individual Student InformationIn April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) regarding how IEPs and 504 plans are implemented in California.
Even though Santee School District was not involved in the lawsuit, a judge ordered the CDE to release data on all students enrolled in every district since January 1, 2008.
The student records data the CDE has been ordered to release contains personally identifiably information (PII). Examples of PII includes “name, social security number, home address, demographics, course information, statewide assessment results, teacher demographics, program information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, special education assessment plans, special education assessments/evaluations, IEPs, records pertaining to health, mental health and medical information, student statewide identifiers, attendance statistics, information on suspensions and expulsions, and results on state tests."
Parents have the right to object to their child's data being released by filing an Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records form. The judge will review all objections and rule on them.
For more information regarding the release of this data and how parents can file an objection with the court, visit:
• CDE webpage: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/morganhillcase.asp
• Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records Form:
http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdfIf you have additional questions, please contact your child’s Principal or the California Department of Education at (916) 319-0800.