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School Board Opposes Student Tracking Plan

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

June 30, 2010

Concerns about the privacy implications of using Social Security numbers to track student performance have prompted a Maine school board to ask the legislature to rescind the law authorizing collection of the data. The Bethel Citizen reports on the resolution by the School Administrative District (SAD) 44 School Board, which follows a similar statement from the Maine Civil Liberties Union earlier this month advising that while the Department of Education can require districts to collect the information, parents may refuse to supply it. "As a board, we must ask parents to refrain from handing over children's Social Security numbers," said SAD 44 School Board Chairman Sid Pew. "Attaching a child's Social Security number to their achievements and other information is a violation of their privacy."
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