Who filed report: Pamela Budge
Bill Number: HB0288
Bill Title: EDUCATIONAL RECORDS PROTECTION AMENDMENTS
Bill Grade: A
Bill Sponsors: Rep. Craig Hall
The bill prohibits student education records containing personally identifiable info from being released to the press as part of a GRAMA request.
Does the bill increase/decrease local control?: Neither
Does it increase/decrease parental rights?: Neither
Does it help/hurt children?: Helps Children
How?: It protects children's personally identifiable information.
Any conflicts of interest?:
The bill sponsor explained the background of this bill during the committee meeting:
In 2012 during an investigation, the press sent a school district a GRAMA request to get written witness statements from a student who was a victim of an inappropriate relationship with a teacher. The district refused the GRAMA request initially because it would include releasing personally identifiable info, the media repealed, the Records Board sided with the media and the info was released. This bill would stop that from happening so the victim's identity can be protected. It also helps students feel more comfortable about reporting something that needs to be reported to the school/district without the added worry that their witness statement could be released to the media.