February 27, 2015
Dear BVSD Weekly Legislative Update reader:
There are three planks in the 2015 BVSD Legislative Platform addressing student data privacy. They read:

2.1 BVSD supports legislation recognizing that parents and eligible students have a strong interest in protecting the privacy of student educational records maintained by the school district (i.e., all data created by students, teachers, and staff related to students).

2.2 BVSD opposes legislation that makes it the responsibility of the school district to provide data at the individual student level on achievement, discipline, health, or any other area where a legitimate need to know has not been, through a transparent public process, established by the State.​

2.3 BVSD supports legislation enacting the strictest possible privacy protections to prohibit the disclosure and use of personally identifiable and/or aggregate metadata by third parties for commercial purposes.

As this week's highlighted ChalkbeatCOLORADO points out, the key bill under consideration at this - Senate Bill 173 - is the only legislation in this area with the bipartisan support necessary to give it a strong chance of passing both the Democratic controlled House and the Republican controlled Senate. BVSD is supportive of this legislation as in line with our platform's expectations although we are seeking amendments to clarify vendor expectations when the bill is heard in the Senate Education Committee next week.

ChalkbeatCOLORADO​ covers PK-20 education issues throughout Colorado including one of the most in-depth and accurate PK-12 daily news to be found anywhere during the session. 

This week, BVSD Communications draws your particular attention to a Feb. 9 story by reporter Todd Engdahl entitled,

Current update on bills currently supported, opposed and monitored by BVSD.​

Each year the Boulder Valley Board of Education approves a legislative platform that sets the district’s legislative priorities and guides the BVSD contract lobbying firm, Policy Matters, LLC, led by veteran lobbyists Tanya Kelly-Bowry and Ernestine Mondragon. BVSD’s effort is overseen by Superintendent Bruce Messinger and Communications and Legislative Policy Director Briggs Gamblin. School board members Tina Marquis of Boulder and Jennie Belval of Broomfield serve as the seven-member school board’s legislative liaisons. 

A list of legislators whose districts are wholly or partially within the boundaries of BVSD. ​

View the Legislative Update homepage for access to past issues. If you have any comments or questions, please contact me at briggs.gamblin@bvsd.org​.​​​​