Kentucky Senate approves bill to protect student digital data

jbrammer@herald-leader.comFebruary 13, 2014 

FRANKFORT — The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday to protect student digital data and allow local school boards and school councils to implement academic standards more rigorous than those set out by the state.

Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, questioned the part of Senate Bill 89 dealing with academic standards, asking whether standards adopted by local school boards and school councils could conflict with state standards.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, said that was not the intent of the legislation.

Neal said he does think the legislation could put the state and local boards and councils in conflict and that the House should tighten language in the bill to prevent that.

There was no discussion about the part of the bill designed to prevent the sale of student digital data by technology companies.

The bill also would require school districts to make available to the public a list of all third-party and privately contracted Web-based services used in the district. Schools would have to notify parents of the types of student information transferred to third-party service providers.

Higdon said the security measures for student data in his bill are similar to laws enacted to protect government data.

Under the bill, there also would be agency audits of school data collection.

Jack Brammer: (859) 231-1302. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com

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