In an era of big data and the push for ever-increasing amounts of technology used in and out of the classroom in the public school system, student data privacy is an important issue for families.
The national group Parent Coalition for Student Privacy has some of the best resources for protecting and advocating on student data privacy, including a great new toolkit for helping parents investigate and advocate on this issue.
Raise Your Hand helped to organize parents successfully in 2013 to stop the InBloom student data project in Illinois.
In 2017, IL General Assembly passed the Student Online Privacy Protection Act, SB1796, a bill that RYH Action opposed. You can read more about this bill and why we opposed it here.
In 2018, we will be working with legislators on legislation to begin to patch the loopholes in the SOPPA legislation.
Is this an issue that interests you? Email us to join our working group on ed tech and student data privacy.