|MAP Member Opinion "Peace"|
To the Editor,
I am encouraged that the principal of St. Anthony High School, Tom Keith, will present an action plan to the board of St. Anthony/New Brighton School District 282. This action plan will inform parents and students next fall of the "Opt out" provision as required in the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001." I trust that the board will implement this required provision after what appears to be a three-year delay.
I am sure that many of the 11th and 12th grade students and their parents will be pleased to learn that they can have their students names, telephone numbers and addresses removed from the military recruiters lists simply by submitting an "Opt Out" form to the school district.
Mr. Keith returned my call November 9 to report that, prior to the 2005-06 school year, the administration would present to the board its plan on how it will comply with "Opt out" section. I would hope that the board would act quickly to conform with the 2001 law that states, "A secondary institution shall give parents and students notice of the right to refuse release of this data to military recruiting officers. " (Minnesota State Statute 13.32, Subdiv. 5a MILITARY RECRUITMENT).
Robert Heberle, Veteran
(following is text of Minnesota Statute)
Minnesota Statutes 2004, Table of Chapters
Under FERPA, an LEA must provide notice to parents of the types of student information that it releases publicly. This type of student information, commonly referred to as "directory information," includes such items as names, addresses, and telephone numbers and is information generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. The notice must include an explanation of a parent's right to request that the information not be disclosed without prior written consent. Additionally, ß 9528 requires that parents be notified that the school routinely discloses names, addresses, and telephone numbers to military recruiters upon request, subject to a parent's request not to disclose such information without written consent. A single notice provided through a mailing, student handbook, or other method that is reasonably calculated to inform parents of the above information is sufficient to satisfy the parental notification requirements of both FERPA and ß 9528. The notification must advise the parent of how to opt out of the public, nonconsensual disclosure of directory information and the method and timeline within which to do so.
Q. If an LEA has not provided notice relating to "directory information," may it release a student's name, address, and telephone number when requested by a military recruiter?
A. As noted above, an LEA may provide a single notice regarding
both directory information and information disclosed to military
recruiters. If an LEA does not disclose "directory information"
under FERPA, then it must still provide military recruiters
access to secondary students' names, addresses, and telephone
listings. In addition, the LEA must notify parents that they
may opt out of this disclosure. In other words, an LEA that
does not disclose "directory information" must nonetheless
provide a notice that it discloses information to military
recruiters. The notice must be reasonably calculated to inform
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