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Louisiana Data Privacy Laws and Their Impact on Educational Practice

Briana Diaz and Douglas N. Harris

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
12:00–1:00 pm
1555 Poydras Street, Conference Room 760

In recent years, student data privacy laws have been the subject of many debates in the education community. The Data Quality Campaign’s 2015 legislative summary reported that 46 states considered 182 student data privacy bills, and 15 states enacted 28 such bills into law. These issues are also addressed in multiple new federal bills, including a key amendment to the Senate’s bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA), as well as a proposed amendment to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Our focus for this brown bag will be a pivotal bill that the Louisiana legislature passed in their last session, Act 837, which “provides for limitations and prohibitions on the collection and sharing of student information.” This act went into effect last year and has significant implications for educators, policymakers, and researchers — and really anyone who works with student data. At this brown bag, we will present a brief overview of Act 837 and solicit feedback on how the law is affecting you and your work.

This brown bag is an extension of the work being done by ERA-New Orleans’ Data Analytics Collaborative (DAC). The DAC invites local practitioners to join our team for monthly meetings to engage in an ongoing dialogue about best practices in education data analytics. For information about joining the DAC, email our team.

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