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WV Education Bill Raising Privacy Concerns

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 17, 2010

A proposal by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin to require regular health screenings for public school students is raising privacy concerns, West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports. The bill seeks to broaden the current practice of mandating health screening tests for students who enter the public school system to include comprehensive examinations upon entering school and again in the third, sixth and ninth grades. However, WV House Education Committee Vice Chairman Brady Paxton said there are privacy concerns around the proposal. "Everybody's scared to death about their identity theft now," he said, "and they're scared that those things would get out."
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