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Wayne Rotan continues to display children videos at the GRISD board meetings that he won't share as is

19 December 2008 at 4:25:01 PM

Wayne Rotan, Superintendent of GRISD, at the last board meeting had some videos shown (which we did videotape and can continue to do so according to the AG office) and when we asked for a copy of them we were told

"...get an estimate of how much time it will take to fix the video for public viewing because of the FERPA laws. WE will get you an estimate of time and how much it will cost sometime after..."

I thought to myself, we have been down this road before. I recall having a conversation with Wayne Rotan in his office about this specific matter and maybe he shouldn't be showing videos at public board meetings that he has to get modified to follow the law because I am there recording them and I am not editing them for any law as I recorded it in the public view at a public board meeting that follows the open meetings act.

I decided to get input from the AG office so I gave them a call and talked to one of their attorneys. It is not illegal for Mr. Rotan to display these videos at the board meetings that are not edited for FERPA according to them and this is a federal law so any changes would have to come through congress (Chet Edwards) to specifically prohibit a school from displaying your childs face in a video that the school uses for propaganda at a board meeting unless they have your explicit permission as is with the public consumption requests. Of course if Mr. Rotan wanted to comply with the SPIRIT of the law, he could do so and have the videos edited for FERPA before showing them to the public where we record them.

I decided to shoot Mr. Rotan an email telling him I realize he is not violating the law but he should be in the compliance with the spirit of the law and I really think he should stop showing videos that he could not share as is with the public.

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1 - salon   19 Dec 2008 @ 6:20:51 PM 

Ironic. So what you're saying is that GRISD could implement a policy to make sure before the videos or other presentations are shown to the public that they make them FERPA-complaint. Otherwise, it makes little sense to know that the public or local media can record those presentations, which should supposedly have had info parents wanted out taken out BEFORE the presentation. Yes?

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2 - pharper   19 Dec 2008 @ 6:57:45 PM 

Yes. It is legal for the GRISD to show children in their videos that they display at public board meetings that follow the open meetings act, meaning you can come record it yourself, but it is not legal for GRISD to take that same video and give it to the public in another form without first editing it for FERPA compliance. So they are not acting within the spirit of the law, but are by the letter of the law. They make the people who want it pay for the editing meaning if I want the GRISD flavor then I have to pony up the editing money else I don't get a copy because they won't use those hours to edit it but they will show it unedited to the public at the board meeting.

I wonder if there could be a situation where a parent realizes their chilren are in videos that are being displayed at the board meetings without their knowledge or consent. If I were a parent with a child at that school district I would surely be asking Mr. Rotan and/or board members about it.

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3 - humanbeing   19 Dec 2008 @ 7:24:11 PM 

 Why is GRISD, at their meetings, showing videos of children?

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