JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT
AN ACT MAKING REVISIONS TO THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT OF 2016.
Joint Favorable Substitute
SPONSORS OF BILL:
REASONS FOR BILL:
This bill revises the Student Data Privacy Act of 2016 to delay the implementation of the requirement for contractors to notify local or regional boards of education when there occurs an unauthorized release of student information until July 1, 2018.
In line 3, “July 1, 2018” replaces the original date of “October 1, 2016.” This change is reflected throughout the bill when necessary.
In line 148, a Connecticut high school student is removed from the task force to study issues related to student data privacy and replaced with “an attorney with expertise in Connecticut school law.”
RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:
Dianna Wentzell, Commissioner, State Department of Education:
Commissioner Wentzell testified in support of H.B. 7207 in the interest of a “more thoughtful implementation” of the Student Data Privacy Act of 2016.
Doug Casey, Commission for Educational Technology:
Mr. Casey testified on behalf of the Commission in support of H.B. 7207 in order to benefit school district leaders and educational software providers. They assert that the implementation of a two-year delay will increase the number of Connecticut school districts that comply with the statute.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
Joseph Cirasuolo, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS):
Mr. Cirasuolo on behalf of CAPSS testified in support of H.B. 7207 in the interest of avoiding an unfunded mandate, and to ensure that students are not deprived of instructional software and programs that teachers use in the classroom.
Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE):
CABE testified in support of H.B. 7207 as implementation of the bill has proven to be more complicated and intensive than anticipated when it was passed originally.
Karissa Niehoff, (Connecticut Association of Schools CAS):
Ms. Niehoff testified on behalf of CAS in support of H.B. 7207 as requirements present in the Student Data Privacy Act of 2016 are burdensome for schools, and the act needs more study before it can be implemented.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:
Connecticut Alliance for Privacy in Education (CAPE):
CAPE testified in opposition to the bill as they see no reason as to why the act should be delayed. They reason that the act received overwhelming support when it was passed, and claims that measures outlined in the act should have been passed years ago.
Dr. Mary R. Byrne, Co-Founder, Missouri Coalition Against Common Core:
Dr. Byrne testified in opposition to H.B. 7207 as delaying the Student Data Privacy Act of 2016 would remove students' privacy protection.
Cheryl Hill, Connecticut Parental Rights Coalition (CPRC):
Ms. Hill testified on behalf of CPRC in opposition to H.B. 7207 in the interest of implementing safeguards for students' privacy as soon as possible.
Pam Lucashu, Durham, CT, Legislative Liason, TEACH CT:
Ms. Lucashu testified in opposition to H.B. 7207 for reasons that included the current readiness of Connecticut to implement the Student Data Privacy Act of 2016 and the risk to Connecticut students involved in delay of the act. Ms. Lucashu further recommends the installation of a “permanent advisory council.”
Maria Naughton, New Canaan Board of Education Member:
Ms. Naughton testified that the legislation of the Student Data Privacy Act of 2016 was overdue at the time of its enactment and that while it needs some small changes, delaying its implementation would be a mistake.
Ray Rossomando, Connecticut Education Association (CEA):
CEA does not support H.B. 7207 or the proposed delays in the act. Instead, CEA recommends both immediate implementation of the Student Data Privacy Act of 2016 and the creation of a “student data privacy advisory council.”
ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:
Joanne Baker, Woodstock, CT
Laurel Barrett, Wethersfield, CT
John Bestor, Cheshire, CT
Alexis V. Bugaeff, Ellington, CT
Mary E. Burnham, Cheshire, CT
Nick Coppola, North Haven, CT
Kristen Creighton, Thompson, CT
Dale Dauphinais, Killingly, CT
Cynthia Dehner, Brooklyn, CT
Michael and Jane Donnelly
Joanne R. Eiler, Brooklyn, CT
Doug Farrow, Danielson, CT
Michael Faucher, Putnam, CT
Debra and Dean Fichtner
Gretchen Gertsen, New Canaan, CT
Leonie Haimson and Rachael Stickland, Co-Chairs, Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
Gail Janensch, Bridgeport, CT, Board Member, League of Women Voters
Jill Kelly, North Haven, CT
Robert Mann, Thompson, CT
Anne Manusky, Easton, CT
Amy Plum, New Canaan, CT
Michele Sloan, New Canaan, CT
Joanne and Bill Tolles
Susan Zeitler, Sherman, CT
Reported by: Sarah Welch