MACC has a new name!!!

MACC has a new name!   Welcome to a new school year!!!

Minnesota Advocates and Champions for Children is a grassroots multi-partisan group of parents, teachers and citizens, knowledgeable and active in our local government and school districts.

MACC began as a group of concerned parents and teachers regarding the implementation of the Common Core Standards reform in Minnesota.  At our founding,  MACC was primarily concerned with the federal top-down and corporatized educational standards. After further research, we came to realize that the standards and accompanying reforms were secretly founded, corruptly funded and stealthily implemented.  The standards’ mandate and copyright are unconstitutional.

MACC now understands that the Common Core Standards’ and College and Career Ready Standards’ reforms include much more than standards, ie. testing, curriculum, surveys, data collection and School to Work preparations.  MACC also understands that many of our school districts rely on corporate, non-profit and federal guidance rather than parent and citizen input. These additional entities were never elected by citizens.  Parents and citizens are loosing their voice and seat at the school board table.

These reforms exploit youth through insurmountable and undisclosed data collection and discriminate against students through behavioral and psychological profiling.  Information is disseminated to third parties that were once trusted, now graft public/private partnerships, creating a limited one-size-fits-all Human Capital.

MACC believes that true local control, not top-down federal or state mandates, lie best in the hands of parents, who know their children best, and citizens.  MACC’s mission is to inform Minnesota’s citizens about the continued regulations forced via  corporate and federal reforms, how these reforms are reflected in our state district by district and and encouraging families and children to be aware and take action.  In the end, our goal is to work collaboratively by reclaiming our parental rights and true local control.

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”

~~~Abraham Lincoln

School Survey Notification and Opt-Out Law Goes Into Effect Now!

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School Survey Notification:  Parents: Have you been notified of the surveys to be given to your son or daughter, through direct communication?

School survey notification and opt-out law goes into effect now as students begin the 2016-2017 school year.

As we’ve reported for three years, many of our schools are administering surveys to students with little or no parental notification.  To be fair, some districts are giving some notification and MACC is grateful for those.   But the point of this law is to notify parents in advance, when their child’s data is about to be taken via surveys.

The data collected from surveys have been disseminated to a plethora of third parties, including business vendors, corporations, and university research institutions.  Some of these entities may further share or sell that data.   Much of the data is very sensitive and private and may divulge family information, including religious beliefs, sexual affiliation, political persuasion, and other information.

We do encourage parents to become involved which your school board, not only in the process of identifying appropriate surveys, but also vetting where that survey information is going.   This law is expressly written for the involvement and engagement of parents.

Minnesota Statute 121A.065 states that school districts and charter schools must develop and adopt policies on conducting student surveys and their distribution IN CONSULTATION WITH PARENTS.  This is about as close to local control as one gets!  Additionally, school districts and charter schools must:

  1. Directly notify parents of these policies at the beginning of each school year
  2. Directly notify parents after making any substantive changes
  3. Inform parents at the beginning of the year if the district or school has identified specific or approximate dates for administering survevys
  4. Give parents reasonable notice of planned surveys scheduled after the start of the year
  5. Give parents direct, timely notice, by United States mail, email, or other direct form of communication, when the students are scheduled to participate in a student survey
  6. Give parents the opportunity to review the survey and to opt their students out of participating in the survey
  7. School districts and charter schools must not impose an academic or other
    penalty upon a student who opts out of participating in a survey under paragraph (a).

Read the statute.

Minnesota Statute 121A.065

466.11    Sec. 27. [121A.065] DISTRICT SURVEYS TO COLLECT STUDENT 
466.12INFORMATION; PARENT NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR OPTING OUT.
466.13(a) School districts and charter schools, in consultation with parents, must develop 
466.14and adopt policies on conducting student surveys and using and distributing personal 
466.15information on students collected from the surveys. School districts and charter schools 
466.16must:
466.17(1) directly notify parents of these policies at the beginning of each school year and 
466.18after making any substantive policy changes;
466.19(2) inform parents at the beginning of the school year if the district or school has 
466.20identified specific or approximate dates for administering surveys and give parents 
466.21reasonable notice of planned surveys scheduled after the start of the school year;
466.22(3) give parents direct, timely notice, by United States mail, e-mail, or other direct 
466.23form of communication, when their students are scheduled to participate in a student 
466.24survey; and
466.25(4) give parents the opportunity to review the survey and to opt their students out of 
466.26participating in the survey.
466.27(b) School districts and charter schools must not impose an academic or other 
466.28penalty upon a student who opts out of participating in a survey under paragraph (a).
466.29EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for the 2016-2017 school year and 
466.30later.

If you would like to help MACC as we continue our work at the legislature, please contact us here or via facebook.

Alert! New Education Statute! Minnesota’s New Survey Law Provides Parents with Input and Schools with Guidance on Parental Notification

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Alert!  New Education Statute! 

Minnesota’s New Survey Law Provides Parents with Input and Schools with Guidance on Parental Notification

Governor Mark Dayton has just signed the supplemental spending bill, which means that MACC’s survey bill is now law!  Many thanks to House Education Committee Chair Sondra Erickson and Representatives Eric Lucero, author, and additional authors, representatives Erickson, Gruenhagen, and Pugh as well as Senator Mary Kiffmeyer’s amendment in the Senate. Our thanks for the many spoken and written testimonies, the parents who attended the hearings and the abundant number of school surveys received by MACC to fill multiple notebooks.

As we’ve reported for three years, many of our schools are administering surveys to students with little or no parental notification.  To be fair, some districts are giving some notification and MACC is grateful for those.   But the point of this bill was to give parents due notification when their child’s data is about to be taken via surveys.

The data collected from surveys have been disseminated to a plethora of third parties, including business vendors, corporations, and university research institutions.  Some of these entities may further share or sell that data.   Much of the data is very sensitive and private and may divulge family information, including religious beliefs, sexual affiliation, political persuasion, and other information.

We do encourage parents to become involved which your school board, not only in the process of identifying appropriate surveys, but also vetting where that survey information is going.   This law is expressly written for the involvement and engagement of parents.

Minnesota Statute 121A.065 states that school districts and charter schools must develop and adopt policies on conducting student surveys and their distribution IN CONSULTATION WITH PARENTS.  This is about as close to local control as one gets!  Additionally, school districts and charter schools must:

  1. Directly notify parents of these policies at the beginning of each school year
  2. Directly notify parents after making any substantive changes
  3. Inform parents at the beginning of the year if the district or school has identified specific or approximate dates for administering survevys
  4. Give parents reasonable notice of planned surveys scheduled after the start of the year
  5. Give parents direct, timely notice, by United States mail, email, or other direct form of communication, when the students are scheduled to participate in a student survey
  6. Give parents the opportunity to review the survey and to opt their students out of participating in the survey
  7. School districts and charter schools must not impose an academic or other
    penalty upon a student who opts out of participating in a survey under paragraph (a).

Read the statute.

Minnesota Statute 121A.065

466.11    Sec. 27. [121A.065] DISTRICT SURVEYS TO COLLECT STUDENT 
466.12INFORMATION; PARENT NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR OPTING OUT.
466.13(a) School districts and charter schools, in consultation with parents, must develop 
466.14and adopt policies on conducting student surveys and using and distributing personal 
466.15information on students collected from the surveys. School districts and charter schools 
466.16must:
466.17(1) directly notify parents of these policies at the beginning of each school year and 
466.18after making any substantive policy changes;
466.19(2) inform parents at the beginning of the school year if the district or school has 
466.20identified specific or approximate dates for administering surveys and give parents 
466.21reasonable notice of planned surveys scheduled after the start of the school year;
466.22(3) give parents direct, timely notice, by United States mail, e-mail, or other direct 
466.23form of communication, when their students are scheduled to participate in a student 
466.24survey; and
466.25(4) give parents the opportunity to review the survey and to opt their students out of 
466.26participating in the survey.
466.27(b) School districts and charter schools must not impose an academic or other 
466.28penalty upon a student who opts out of participating in a survey under paragraph (a).
466.29EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for the 2016-2017 school year and 
466.30later.

If you would like to help MACC as well continue to work at the legislature, please contact us here or via facebook.

 

 

 

ALERT! MACC Testifies Before House Committee and You’re Invited! House Education Committee Hearing, Thursday, March 17th

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ALERT!  MACC Testifies Before House Hearing and You’re Invited!  House Education Committee Hearing, Thursday, March 17th.

This week, five or six student and family data privacy bills will get a hearing from the House Education Policy Committee, Rep Sondra Erickson, chair.  The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 17th at 8:15 a.m. until 10:00 noon.  The hearing will likely reconvene in the late afternoon or early evening.  This is the first of six scheduled hearings for the entire legislative session for this committee.  MACC is very appreciative to have these bills heard and is the culmination of three years of work on data privacy for students, families and teachers.  Hearing will occur in the Basement Hearing Room, State. Office Building.

MACC invites all parents and residents to attend the hearing, pack the committee room and speak to why these bills are necessary to protect student data privacy.    We are lining up speakers for the hearing now!  Please email through our website www.MNagainstCC.com or facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaAgainstCommonCore/ or contact any MACC board member.  We will add you to the list of testifiers.  If you cannot be available to testify on Thursday, but would like your voice to be heard, please submit written testimony to addresses above.

Two weeks ago, Anne Taylor, Chris Daniels and Linda Bell testified before the House Education Policy Committee about student and family data privacy issues.  At that hearing, we learned from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) that personally identifiable information is being sent directly from the MDE to the University of Minnesota Minn-Link Data System which includes 9 integrated databases across state agencies.  Did your school ask you about sharing your personal information?

Minnesota Student Data Hearing Reveals MDE Behemoth Database and Data System Without Audit for over 10 Years, details a summary of the hearing as well as the testimonies of three of our MACC board members at the conclusion of the article.   https://commoncoremn.com/2016/03/01/minnesota-student-data-hearing-reveals-mde-behemoth-database-and-data-system-without-audit-for-10-years-has-your-familys-information-been-hacked/

Here is a listing of the bills that will be heard this Thursday.  House Files are pre-legislation to be read, discussed and voted by the education committee.

  1. Survey Opt In and Parental Disclosure. House File 2671 includes an opt in on the hundreds of surveys taken on students every year across Minnesota.  This bill does NOT include the Minnesota Student Survey.  It does require schools to give parents notification prior to administering a survey on their children.  Civil remedies included.

House File 2671 (Rep. Lucero).  We hopefully will see a companion within a day or two in the Senate.

House Authors and co-authors:  Reps. Lucero, Whelan, Smith.

READ the bill.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF2671&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2016&session_number=0

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Three bipartisan bills, promoted by the ACLU and the Tenth Amendment Center, are being combined into one bill and are being compiled at this very moment. The three are:

Student Privacy in personal electronic devices on campus protected, and civil penalties provided.

House File 2990  (Co-Authors:  Reps. Lucero and Lesch)

Read the bill.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF2900&ssn=0&y=2016

 

  • Student privacy with respect to electronic data in student information systems protected, and penalties provided.

House File 2899 (Co-Authors:  Reps. Lucero and Lesch)

Read the bill.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF2899&ssn=0&y=2016

  • Student privacy in data on electronic devices provided by an educational institution protected, and penalties provided.

House File 2898  (Co-Authors:  Reps. Lucero and Lesch)

Read the bill.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF2898&ssn=0&y=2016

  1. Education commissioner directed to develop plan to ensure privacy and security of students’ personally identifiable information. This bill directs the commissioner to protect student/family personal information. In particular, audits, “regular privacy and security compliance audits of the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System and other data systems; and

(4) data retention, storage, disposal, and security policies and protocols that include:

(i) safeguards for protecting, managing, accessing, and destroying students’
personally identifiable data; and

(ii) plans, notices, and mitigation procedures for responding to data breaches, among
other such policies and protocols

House File 2762  (Author:  Rep. Erickson)

Read the bill.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF2762&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2016&session_number=0

 

  1. Statutes governing parental rights in education cross-reference directory created.

House File 2813 (Author: Rep. Erickson)  This is a compilation of parental rights, K-12 found elsewhere in Minnesota statute.

Read the bill.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF2813&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2016&session_number=0 

Other bills MACC is hopeful in getting a hearing, not in any particular order.

  1. Parent Curriculum Review amendment. Minnesota Statute 120B.20 Parent Curriculum Review affords parents the opportunity to see the curriculum their children are studying.  The amendment (underlined) (House File 1777 & Senate File 2450) updates the definition section bringing the statute into the 21st century with online curriculum.  We have wonderful bipartisan support!

House File 1777 (Rep. Lucero) and companion (duplicate) Senate File 2450 (Sen. Chamberlain)

House authors and co-authors:  Reps. Lucero, Gruenhagen, Erickson, Davnie, Newton, Smith, Pugh

READ the bill.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF1777&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2015&session_number=0

  1. FERPA Law Training. This pre-bill is being filed tomorrow.   After attending a session this summer on training superintendents, administrators and teachers given by the US DOE, MACC learned that excellent materials are available through the MDE to train teachers on the FERPA and PPRA laws, as well as, training teachers on best practices in protecting student, family and teacher data.  Presently, this training on best practices in data privacy is not occurring in Minnesota.  A number of states now make data privacy training mandatory.  This bill requires one (1) representative from each district to be training in FERPA, PPRA and data privacy best practices.

House File:  To be filed on Monday.  Bill will be posted on the MACC states pages once the revisor has posted.

House Author:  Rep Smith

 

  1.  Parental Rights Amendment.  The bills clarifies a parent’s right to raise and guide their children’s education.  This is an amendment to 120A.22, Compulsory Instruction.  The one sentence addition states, “The parent of a child is ultimately responsible for guiding the child’s
    educational experience and what the child learns in school.

House File:  To be filed on Monday.

Senate File 2763:  Sen. Limmer (author)

Read the bill.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF2763&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2016&session_number=0

  1. Data Bill:  Student data access addressed, disclosure requirements affecting personally identifiable information about a student clarified, and personally identifiable information in electronic student education records managed. Another bill with wonderful bipartisan support!

Authors:  Reps. Lucero, Gruenhagen, Erickson, Davnie, Isaacson, Smith, Newton, Pugh  Read the bill.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF1779&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2015&session_number=0

 

The data privacy issue for students, families and teachers is incredibly deep and wide.  No parent enjoys having to hire privacy from LifeLock or Legal Shield due to security theft.  We are encouraged and hopeful that this hearing will discuss pertinent concerns of the citizens of Minnesota and that we will see the passage of meaningful legislation.

As an addendum, the following individuals are members of the House Education Innovation Policy committee.  Please call them and ask them to support these bills.  GO!  CALL or EMAIL!

 

Education Innovation Policy Membership 2015 – 2016
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 8:15 a.m. in Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

Committee Chair

Sondra Erickson (R)
479 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-6746
E-mail: rep.sondra.erickson@house.mn

 

Vice Chair

Peggy Bennett (R)
507 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-8216
E-mail: rep.peggy.bennett@house.mn

 

DFL Lead

Carlos Mariani (DFL)
203 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9714
E-mail: rep.carlos.mariani@house.mn

 


David Bly (DFL)

301 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0171
E-mail: rep.david.bly@house.mn

 


Drew Christensen (R)

529 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4212
E-mail: rep.drew.christensen@house.mn

 


Jim Davnie (DFL)

393 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0173
E-mail: rep.jim.davnie@house.mn

 


Peggy Flanagan (DFL)

309 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7026
E-mail: rep.peggy.flanagan@house.mn

 


Ron Kresha (R)

531 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4247
E-mail: rep.ron.kresha@house.mn

 


Eric Lucero (R)

515 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-1534
E-mail: rep.eric.lucero@house.mn

 


Rena Moran (DFL)

329 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5158
E-mail: rep.rena.moran@house.mn

 


Bud Nornes (R)

471 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4946
E-mail: rep.bud.nornes@house.mn

 


Roz Peterson (R)

521 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5387
E-mail: rep.roz.peterson@house.mn

 


Nels Pierson (R)

379 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4378
E-mail: rep.nels.pierson@house.mn

 


Yvonne Selcer (DFL)

227 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3964
E-mail: rep.yvonne.selcer@house.mn

 


Dean Urdahl (R)

473 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4344
E-mail: rep.dean.urdahl@house.mn

 


JoAnn Ward (DFL)

231 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7807
E-mail: rep.joann.ward@house.mn

 


Abigail Whelan (R)

439 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-1729
E-mail: rep.abigail.whelan@house.mn

 


Anna Wills (R)

477 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4306
E-mail: rep.anna.wills@house.mn

 


Barb Yarusso (DFL)

307 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0141
E-mail: rep.barb.yarusso@house.mn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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