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Florida House Passes Legislation To Protect The Identity Of Students

By: Associated Press News; Florida House Email
By: Associated Press News; Florida House Email

News Release: Florida House
Updated: April 11, 2014, 8:30pm

Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida House of Representatives today passed CS/CS/SB 188, substituted for CS/CS/HB 195 sponsored by Representative Jake Raburn (R-Lithia), to prevent the collection of certain student-specific data and protect students from identity theft.

“Today, the Florida House strengthened our state laws to ensure our students’ personal information, which has little to do with their education, is kept private and secure,” said House Majority Leader Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). “This legislation will help to prevent their personal information from being stolen or misused.”

“No one, including the federal government, should be allowed access to our students’ personally identifiable information. Collecting this information could put these students at risk of being targets of criminal activity,” said Rep. Raburn. “This legislation will protect this sensitive information and prevent its misuse.”

CS/CS/SB 188 codifies recommendations from the Commissioner of Education to prohibit any agency or institution from collecting information regarding political affiliation, voting history, religious affiliation or biometric information of a student or student’s parent or sibling. The bill also prohibits the disclosure of confidential and exempt education records to the federal government or any person, public body, body politic or political subdivision unless disclosure is authorized by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or in response to a subpoena or court order. The bill requires the Florida Department of Education to create a statewide process for assigning identification numbers to students that are not social security numbers (SSN), thereby phasing out the use of SSNs for that purpose.


News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: April 11, 2014, 8pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- School districts will no longer be able to collect student data like fingerprints under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature.

The House voted 113-1 for the bill on Friday. The measure (SB 188) now heads to Gov. Rick Scott. Scott has already spoken out in favor of the legislation.

State legislators pushed the bill amid complaints about the state's move to Common Core State Standards.

The bill would ban school districts from being able to collect information on the political or religious affiliation of students and their parents. It would also ban the collection of biometric information including student fingerprints, palm scans or iris scans.

The state also calls for creating a new student identification system so that school districts could eventually stop using social security numbers.


News Release: Associated Press News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- School districts will no longer be able to collect certain types of student data under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.

The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a measure that came in the wake of complaints about the state's move to Common Core State Standards. The vote was 38-1.

The bill (SB 188) would ban school districts from being able to collect and retain information on the political or religious affiliation of students and their parents. It would also ban the collection of biometric information including student fingerprints, palm scans or iris scans.

The state also calls for creating a new student identification system so that school districts could eventually stop using social security numbers.

A similar bill is also advancing in the Florida House.


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