Update: Responding to overwhelming public protest, a federal judge has backtracked on the potential release of records for 10 million California students -- and decided that they won't be provided to attorneys in a special-education lawsuit. Read more here: Judge backtracks on release of California student records

Lawsuit affects release of student data

The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently engaged in litigation with two non-profit associations comprised of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. The plaintiffs in that litigation have requested numerous documents, as well as student data that is collected and stored by the CDE, which may include personally identifiable student information from all K-12 students who have attended a California school since 2008.

To comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, CDE has been ordered, among other things, to inform parents and students of the disclosure of such information. CDE has requested that school districts, including ours, and special education local plan areas (SELPAs) post the following link to the CDE’s website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase.

The link provides a Notice and Objection form to allow parents to object, by April 1, 2016, to the disclosure of personally identifiable information related to their children. The objection is not necessarily an "opt out" agreement. Please understand that Apple Valley Unified School District is not a party to the litigation.

 If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact the CDE directly.