I suppose you say it's about improving education, not necessarily the type improvement most parents have in mind for their school system. It's also the kind of information a bureaucrat working with information might want for his personal files.
Once upon a time it was information considered scared, protected from governments prying eyes by the US Constitution.. Of course that was before Barack Obama made Arne Duncan Secretary of Education, Race to the top, and the idea of using standardized tests to measure everything a specific child does so it can be retained in their very own birth to death government electronic dossier. In an artcle that appeared on Grumpy May 20, 2011 Gretchen, from the Missouri Edication Watchdog talks about the ways the Department of Education planned on circumventing the laws..
The government realizes parents might have a bit of a problem with the request for information regarding political affiliations, mental problems, sexual behavior, et
Gee, you think? What the hell does the Department of Edication need information that for?,
The annual notification (FERPA) does not have to be made individually to parents. Instead, it can be done through any of the following: local or student newspaper, calendar, student programs guide, rules handbook, or other reasonable means.
In other words if getting parental consent becomes a problem, find a way to get around it... Which according to FOX is just what they did in the article you're about to read..
According to Whitehead, parents were sent a “passive consent” opt-out form. However, Tessitore said she never received the form and never gave permission for her daughters to take part in the survey
So parents were not really told what's happening, and not opting out is the same as giving consent
Here's the video from AOL and the story from, Fox
School Surveys 7th-Graders on Oral Sex
A middle school in Massachusetts is under fire for requiring children to complete a graphic sex survey -- without parental knowledge or consent -- that included questions about sexual partners and oral sex.
The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties organization, filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education against the Fitchburg School Committee. They are representing the two middle school-aged daughters of Arlene Tessitore.
Tessitore said her daughters, both students at Memorial Middle School, were told they had to complete a Youth Risk Behavior Study.
“Kids were actually told to sit down and take them,” said John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “The parents here are very upset.”
Whitehead said the girls were deeply disturbed by the subject matter of the study – including questions about suicide, drug use and sexual behavior.
“One of the questions is, ‘have you ever had oral sex,’” Whitehead said. “You’re talking about kids who probably don’t even know what oral sex is
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/15/school-surveys-7th-graders-on-oral-sex/#ixzz1PSefvubu