Wichita school board OKs policy protecting student data

07/28/2014 6:59 PM

07/28/2014 10:57 PM

The Wichita school board on Monday approved a new policy aimed at giving parents and others peace of mind concerning data about their children.

The policy was drafted by the Kansas Association of School Boards and approved unanimously by the board in response to the Student Data Privacy Act, which the Kansas Legislature passed earlier this year.

The act codifies restrictions on sharing personally identifiable student data with the federal government, private companies, researchers or nonprofit groups. It also prohibits collecting biometric data from students.

The measure was introduced by Kansas Sen. Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, a former member of the Kansas State Board of Education.

The Wichita board was scheduled to get its first official look at the proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year, but that item was removed from Monday’s agenda by superintendent John Allison. Board members are expected to see the budget at their next meeting Aug. 11 and set a date for a public hearing on the budget.

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