Auditor: Ohio Law Hampering School Tracking Efforts
CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—U.S.October 10, 2012
According to auditor Dave Yost, an Ohio law that makes students’ personal information off-limits to state agencies means keeping track of the 1.9 million students in the state is difficult and costly, reports the Associated Press. Yost told the state’s Board of Education the Statewide Student Identifier policy “doesn’t help anybody,” adding that moving the system in-house and lifting restrictions on student IDs could save the state an estimated $430,000 each year. "What we're really worried about here is kids' information not being out on the street, not being easily accessible…But we can do that by simply controlling the access and what the rules are for dissemination of that information," Yost said.