Lundeen/Garnett Bill will Protect Student Privacy

Nation-leading Data Bill up for Hearing Today

This afternoon, Rep. Alec Garnett (D-Denver) and I will present HB16-1423--a bill designed to be one of the toughest pieces of data privacy legislation in the country--before Colorado’s House Committee on Education. Should House Bill 1423 get through the House and Senate, Colorado will join the small group of states (four to date) that have passed data privacy protection laws to safeguard students’ identities.

The legislation defines what data is being collected by third parties from our students, who has access to this data, what they can do with it, and with whom and under what circumstances it may be shared.

Here are examples of some of the most recent media coverage. To view, click on the images below.

News Coverage by CBS4, Denver. 

News Coverage by CBS4, Denver. 

News Coverage by ABC7 - The Denver Channel, in Denver. 

News Coverage by ABC7 - The Denver Channel, in Denver. 

A recent press release by the Colorado House Minority Office outlines what the bill does:

Software programs and applications capture data unique to each student that can be compiled to profile, and in some cases, actually personally identify the participating student. House Bill 1423 prohibits using data that alone or in combination could infer a participant’s identify. Additionally the bill requires schools to disclose what programs they use, and specifically defines how manufactures retain and store collected data.

”Parents should know what data is being collected on their children, and have the peace of mind to know it won’t be used to create an academic record or marketing profile that can be sold to advertising companies, or in the future to colleges and prospective employers,” said Lundeen. “It’s hard to believe that this capability exists today, but we need to stay ahead of technology to limit the potential for abuse this data creates for our kids.”

Representative Garnett added:
”This bill is about restoring trust with parents and ensuring their students’ can interact with the latest technological tools in the classrooms without their personal information and behaviors being used for profit,” said Garnett. “House Bill 1423 is a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation in Colorado, that specifies when and how certain data must be destroyed, and prohibits data mining for the purpose of personally identifying the participants.”

HB16-1423 is up for hearing before the House Committee on Education on today, April 11th, at 1:30pm in HCR 0112.  As always we invite you to come participate in or watch the proceedings at the Capitol this afternoon. 

Holding the Colorado Legislature to the "It's For Education" Promise

In 2012 the promises made to promote Amendment 64, also known as the Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, were driven by the message that revenue from legalizing pot in Colorado would support our public schools.

Last week when we debated this year’s appropriations bill on the House floor I charged the Colorado Legislature to keep that promise. Watch part of the conversation here.

Addressing the House regarding Amendment 64.

Addressing the House regarding Amendment 64.

Last fiscal year, Colorado allocated a significant amount of marijuana tax dollars for pesticide application training in marijuana and hemp growing facilities. The amendment I offered would have redirected the additional $919,000 from pesticide training programs into the public schools. The amendment was defeated by the Democrat controlled House.

Party line vote Kills Concurrent Enrollment

A bill that would have given greater control of education options to parents and their students and provided students more opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school was killed by the Democrats in House Committee on Education, Wednesday this past week.

HB16-1128 would have achieved several goals in the effort to provide more and better education options to Colorado students. The bill would have ensured that every state district affords students the opportunity to take advantage of concurrent enrollment, required schools to communicate--twice annually--that the option exists, and expanded students’ options for study through broader transferability and choice of institutions of higher education

This shift in the balance of power, although uncomfortable for the education establishment, is appropriate when you consider that a properly framed education system is one that’s student-centric, and puts education choice primarily in the hands of parents and their children.

A witness representing students with Special Needs and Rep. Lundeen before the House Committee on Education. 

A witness representing students with Special Needs and Rep. Lundeen before the House Committee on Education. 

Why is concurrent enrollment so important? Because it is one of the places in the K-12 education system where we are actually getting a win. Through concurrent enrollment, students are getting a leg up on their college and career aspirations, by launching them ahead en route to a degree, and often significantly reducing the massive debt that many will ultimately drag away from college. Concurrent enrollment has proven to be a game changer for many students by exposure to college courses, higher graduation rates, and lower levels of remediation. This has been especially true for many at-risk or first generation students who would not have even thought college to be an option. The potential to succeed in college expands dramatically for all students who have the opportunity to take advantage of concurrent enrollment options.

Although this was met with much resistance from the education system, I am unmoved in my commitment to afford students more freedom to craft their own education experience, to ensure that parents and students know what options are available to them, and to expand opportunities for all students in every district to participate in concurrent enrollment programs that will ultimately serve as a potential gateway to brighter futures.

As always, I welcome your input and feedback and would love to hear from you. 

Liberty!

Posted on April 11, 2016 .