Policymakers Archive

Protecting Our Students: The Need for Audiovisual Monitoring in Special Needs Classrooms

May 15, 2017 | Wayne Law Review

Protecting Our Students: The Need for Audiovisual Monitoring in Special Needs Classrooms

This article argues that audiovisual surveillance should be provided for special needs classrooms in the public school systems, and specifically, that this surveillance should fall under the umbrella of Act (IDEA). This Note will analyze this proposition by first examining IDEA itself as well as its legislative history and judicial interpretation. Next, specific cases seeking the installation of audiovisual monitoring of relief. Finally, […]

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Library Records Open to Parental Scrutiny: A New Set of Internet Access Controls for Minors

May 15, 2017 | Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts

Library Records Open to Parental Scrutiny: A New Set of Internet Access Controls for Minors

In Part I, this article surveys the state privacy laws that regulate parental access to minors’ library records, examines administrative and judicial interpretations of these statutes and reports a current legislative trend of allowing increased parental access to minors’ library records. In Part II, this Note questions the constitutionality of granting parental access to minors’ library […]

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FERPA in the Age of Computer Logging: School Discretion at the Cost of Student Privacy

May 15, 2017 | North Carolina Law Review

FERPA in the Age of Computer Logging: School Discretion at the Cost of Student Privacy

This article argues that to preserve student privacy in an increasingly “wired” environment, Congress should amend FERPA to encompass technology issues such as logging. 31 Until Congress acts to update this outdated statute, however, FPCO can and should entitle student logging information to a high degree of protection by legitimately defining computer logs as “education records” […]

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Databasing Delinquency

May 15, 2017 | Hastings Law Journal

Databasing Delinquency

Technological advances in recent decades have enabled an unprecedented level of surveillance by the government and permitted law enforcement to gather, store, and retrieve in real time enormous amounts of data. After nearly a century of limited recordmaking and enhanced confidentiality regarding juveniles, these data collection practices have quickly expanded to include youth. This Article […]

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The Educational Cost of Schoolhouse Commercialism

May 15, 2017 | National Education Policy Center

The Educational Cost of Schoolhouse Commercialism

This report argues that, often, school-business partnerships are little more than marketing arrangements with little if any educational benefit and the potential to harm to children in a variety of ways. The 2010-2011 Annual Report on Schoolhouse Commercializing Trends considers how commercializing activities in schools harm children educationally.

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Fencing Out Knowledge – Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later

May 15, 2017 | American Library Association

Fencing Out Knowledge – Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later

To assess the impact of CIPA implementation on libraries, schools, and their users, this report investigated: • the effects of internet filtering in public libraries and schools, • the effectiveness of CIPA as a policy solution to protect youth from the proscribed content, and • the broader impact of CIPA on achieving educational and social objectives […]

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Biometric Data Collection and RFID Tracking in Schools: A Reasoned Approach to Reasonable Expectations of Privacy

May 15, 2017 | North Carolina Law Review

Biometric Data Collection and RFID Tracking in Schools: A Reasoned Approach to Reasonable Expectations of Privacy

Part I provides an overview of the field of biometrics and RFID technology with emphasis on school-specific applications of the technology. Part II examines the Fourth Amendment issues raised by the proliferation of this technology in schools and details the case law that provides a foundation for analysis. Part III analyzes the competing interests under […]

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Beyond the Schoolhouse Gates: The Unprecedented Expansion of School Surveillance Authority Under Cyberbullying Laws

May 15, 2017 | Case Western Reserve Law Review

Beyond the Schoolhouse Gates: The Unprecedented Expansion of School Surveillance Authority Under Cyberbullying Laws

For several years, states have grappled with the problem of cyberbullying and its sometimes devastating effects. Because cyberbullying often occurs between students, most states have understandably looked to schools to help address the problem. To that end, schools in forty-six states have the authority to intervene when students engage in cyberbullying. This solution seems all […]

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Student Data At Risk: A Multi-Tiered Approach For Massachusetts To Mitigate Privacy Risks While Utilizing Innovative Education Technology In Schools

May 15, 2017 | Journal of High Technology Law

Student Data At Risk: A Multi-Tiered Approach For Massachusetts To Mitigate Privacy Risks While Utilizing Innovative Education Technology In Schools

This article will examine the current landscape surrounding student data privacy and provide recommendations specifically for Massachusetts to better protect students in this unprecedented era of technology. Section II provides a history of how and why cloud technology became so integrated in the school setting, along with an outline of the benefits and risks associated with […]

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Louisiana schools struggle with strict privacy law

May 15, 2017 | State Scoop

Louisiana schools struggle with strict privacy law

This article discusses how in Louisiana, a new law bars school districts from sharing personally identifiable information without parental consent, but administrators say the bill goes too far.

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