I am taking a break from the budget series I started in order to inform on two important items where you should take action.
First, for those of you who have not yet heard, there is a Notice of Disclosure of Student Records from the United States District Courts as part of a lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE). The notice may apply to you if you are:
- the parent or guardian of a child (including an infant) with disabilities
- the parent or guardian of a student who is attending or attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008
- a person over the age of eighteen who is attending or attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008
Examples of information that is stored on CDE’s databases and network drives include 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, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), records pertaining to health, mental health and medical information, student statewide identifiers (SSID), attendance statistics, information on suspensions and expulsions, and results on state tests.
The plaintiffs request this information as part of their case against CDE regarding programs for students with special needs. If you are one of the groups mentioned above and do not want your information disclosed, you must notify the court in writing by completing the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records form. For your objection to be valid, this form must reach the court by April 1st. You can read more details on the CA PTA websit`e too.
Second, and more locally, PUSD’s LCAP community forums are coming! This is your chance to help determine our district’s spending priorities for next year. Visit the PUSD site for more details. So mark your calendars:
Feb. 29, 6-7:30pm @ the District Office (English)
Mar. 3, 6-7:30pm @ the District Office (English)
Mar. 7, 6-7:30pm @ Valley Elementary (Spanish)
PUSD kindly request you to RSVP to one (or more) of the three forums.