A letter from Leonie Haimson, leader of Student Privacy Matters and Class Size Matters (I am a board member).

Dear folks:

This Tuesday October 3 at 8 PM EST, Class Size Matters is co- sponsoring a free webinar with the Parent Coalition and NYS Allies for Public Education on what practical steps parents can take to safeguard their children’s data from breach or abuse.

Our webinar will cover the following topics:

1. How to opt out of directory information sharing — and why;
2. What common practices in schools violate student privacy & federal law;
3. Practical tips for protecting your child’s privacy;
4. Questions to ask your teacher or principal about apps and other technology used in the classroom.

Registration is required so please sign up today!

According to federal law, at the beginning of each year, school districts are supposed to inform parents of their children’s privacy rights under the federal law called FERPA, including their right to opt out at the beginning of the year from allowing the district to disclose their child’s directory information, including name, address and other details, with various organizations or vendors that do NOT provide services to schools.

Yet in NYC and in many other districts, we have discovered that that parents have not been informed of these rights. To make things worse, NYC DOE voluntarily shares the directory information of students with charter schools for recruiting and marketing purposes.

If you are concerned about this issue, and/or have other concerns and questions about how best to safeguard your child’s privacy, please join our webinar. Whether or not you can attend, you should also check out our Parent Toolkit with more information about this issue and much more. More on the directory information issue, including a sample opt out form as a pdf or in word that you can fill out and submit to your school is here.

Hope you can join us on Tuesday and thanks!
Leonie Haimson
Executive Director
Class Size Matters
124 Waverly Pl.
New York, NY 10011

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