Education Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-7207

Title:

AN ACT MAKING REVISIONS TO THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT OF 2016.

Vote Date:

3/24/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/6/2017

File No.:

509

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Education Committee

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.

Substitute Language

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:

Gloria Arnold

Joanne Baker, Woodstock, CT

Laurel Barrett, Wethersfield, CT

John Bestor, Cheshire, CT

George Buck

Alexis V. Bugaeff, Ellington, CT

Mary E. Burnham, Cheshire, CT

Nicole Busby

Laurel Carlson

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

Cheri Kiesecker

Gary Lotreck

Leo MacDonald

Robert Mann, Thompson, CT

Anne Manusky, Easton, CT

Gil Milone

Kim Nagy-Maruschock

Bob Naughton

Kim Norton

Lisa Platt

Amy Plum, New Canaan, CT

Rick Shamakian

Beth Shaw

Michele Sloan, New Canaan, CT

Joanne and Bill Tolles

Susan Zeitler, Sherman, CT

Reported by: Sarah Welch

Date: 3/28/17