A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including the Pasadena Unified School District. As part of the lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to provide to the court, the parties, their attorneys and consultants, with personally identifiable information. The data includes personally identifiable information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended, a California school at any time since January 1, 2008. The court order prevents any party from disclosing confidential information acquired in the course of the lawsuit, including student records, to anyone other than the parties, their attorneys and consultants, and the Court.
However, parents or guardians of students are able to object to the disclosure of their student’s information by submitting an objection to the court. Parents can find more information regarding this lawsuit and how to object to the disclosure of their student’s information at the following website: www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase.
To obtain the Objection to Disclosure Form please click here. Note that the deadline to submit an objection to the court is April 1, 2016.
To view the CDE news release Superintendent Torlakson Voices Strong Support for Protecting Student Privacy and Explains Ways to Object to Disclosure of Student Data please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr16/yr16rel15.asp.
Please understand that the Pasadena Unified School District is not a party to the lawsuit and is not required to disclose any student information, nor does it intend to do so. PUSD does not release student social security numbers to the California Department of Education.
Process for parents or students to object to disclosure:
Those who object to disclosing this data can request an exemption using the form “Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records Case No. 2:11-CV-03471,” found at the CDE website under Objections to Disclosure of Student Records.
As an alternative, a parent, guardian, or former student can write a confidential letter to the presiding judge including the name of the student on whose behalf the letter is written, the author's name and relationship to the student, the student's date of birth, county, school district, and school, and, if desired, the basis of the objection.
Both letters and objection forms should be mailed to:
The Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller c/o Clerk of the Court, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 501 I Street, Room 4-200, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Objections must be received by the court by April 1, 2016.