Objections to Disclosure of Student Records by the California Department of Education (CDE)- Parents Have Until April 1, 2016 to Inform Court of Their Objection
The California Department of Education (CDE) has been ordered by the court to release student records to two organizations: Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association, and the Concerned Parent Association. The requested documents contain “protected personal information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.”
Desert Sands Charter High School was not involved in the lawsuit and will not be releasing these records. Rather, it is the CDE that will be releasing the records under a protective order concerning their use. Parents/guardians and students age 18 and older can object to the disclosure of student information and records by completing a form with this request.
Deadline for submission is April 1, 2016 and covers students in California schools dating to January 1, 2008; this includes students who would have graduated from or attended California schools since 2008.
First, you may print out and complete the “Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records Form,” and mail your objection to the Court at the address below.
Second, you may write a confidential letter to the Judge, including the name of the student on whose behalf you are writing, your name and relationship to the student, the student’s date of birth, county, school district, and school, and, if you wish, the basis of your objection.
If you write a letter, on the first page of your letter, write in large or underlined letters: “TO BE FILED UNDER SEAL” and “OBJECTION TO DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT INFORMATION AND RECORDS, CASE NO. 2:11-CV-03471.”
Mail your letter or objection form to:
The Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller
c/o Clerk of the Court
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
501 I Street, Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814.
The link below provides the “Notice of Disclosure of Student Records,” and the “Objection to Disclosure of Student Information Form” required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).