State School Board Assures Student Privacy


By Alabama News Network

The Alabama Board of Education has adopted a policy that board members say is intended to assure parents and others that protecting students' privacy is a top priority.


The 6-2 vote Thursday came after state officials received criticism that new common core standards could make student records available to the public.


State schools superintendent Tommy Bice says the new policy was intended to relieve the concerns over privacy. He says student information will be stored remotely and only certain employees who need the data to perform their jobs will have access to it.


Bice says Alabama's schools have been diligent in keeping private records secure.


But one parent, Bash Agricola, of Montgomery, says schools are already collecting data on students which she said is none of their business.

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