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As School Starts-Don't Forget to OPT OUT of Making Your Child's Information Public

12 August 2010 at 10:20:04 AM

Do you realize that your children's information, if you elect on the form that will be sent home during registration, will be available to anyone through open records requests UNLESS YOU SPECIFICALLY OPT OUT? That would include marketing people who want to get your children's address, phone number or contact information, or military recruiters who want to be able to contact your child at home to get him or her to sign up. And anyone else.... From the San Antonio 4 station.

Your child's information for sale. It does happen and it's completely legal.

You may not know it, but your child's name, date of birth, and school photo are considered public information. And that information is available to anyone who requests it from your school district.

The federal government says that information is public and school districts are forced to make it available to anyone who requests it.

"We are compelled by law to fill an open records request; whether it comes from the media or from an insurance company that wants to sell your child some insurance," Pascual Gonzalez, Northside ISD Spokesperson, explained.

We did an open records request last December 2009 to ask for a list of open records requests that had been done at GRISD. Note, among other things, the number of entities that asked for contact information on students.

You may or may not realize that the No Child Left Behind Law requires that your child's information be given to military recruiters UNLESS YOU SPECIFICALLY SIGN A FORM TO OPT OUT. We wrote this a few years back, still applies, note that there is a sample opt out form on this page. From that page, here's what GRISD says.

Glen Rose Independent School District says that the student or parent may submit a signed letter requesting that he or she be exempted from having his/her information submitted to military recruiters; letter to be  turned in to the administrative office. We include a sample form here. Form in Spanish (Adobe Acrobat Reader here if you don't have it)

and, we might add, exempted for information given out to ANYONE.

P.S. Back in 2005, the BENOW company was compling a massive list of minors for the Pentagon. I see the company is still in business, wonder if they still do this?



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