Bill Summary for S 815 (2013-2014)

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Jun 4 2014
S.L. 2014-50

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 815 (Public) Filed Tuesday, May 20, 2014
AN ACT TO ENSURE THE PRIVACY AND SECURITY OF STUDENT EDUCATIONAL RECORDS.
Intro. by Barefoot, Brock, Soucek.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Amends new GS 115C-402.5 to clarify that the rules developed to comply with all relevant state and federal privacy laws and policies that apply to personally identifiable student data included in the student data system must at minimum include restrictions on access to personally identified student data to all authorized North Carolina public school administrators, teachers, other school personnel, and contractors working for the board of a North Carolina public school; and students, their parents or legal guardians.

Directs the State Board of Education (SBE) to prohibit the transfer of personally identifiable student data to individuals other than those identified in subdivision (2) of this subsection except as otherwise permitted by law and authorized by the rules adopted under this section. Directs that the rules must include authorization and procedures for releasing personally identifiable data when students enroll in an out-of-state school or a local school administrative unit seeks assistance with locating a student formerly enrolled in state and who is now enrolled out of state. Removes requirement that contracts must provide special safeguards for aggregate data. Clarifies that restrictions on student data collection apply to both students and their families. Adds "voting history" as data that may not be collected.

Amends new GS 115C-402.15 to remove the requirement that local boards of education consider using a model notice developed by the United States Department of Education to provide annual information to parents on rights regarding student records and opt-out opportunities.

Amends the act's long title.

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