A growing number of parents have expressed concern about the personal and political nature of lessons taught during distance learning, leading to the introduction of the Student Privacy Act

During the Covid-19 pandemic, students have been forced to participate in remote learning, which has given many parents the opportunity to get a closer and more detailed look at what is being taught and discussed in the classroom. In turn, many parents feel that the curriculum has become too personal and too political in nature. As a result, more and more parents are expressing their desire to have more say in what is taught and discussed in their children’s classrooms.

“A recent survey of 10th grade students in the Sachem School District has sparked increased concern among parents and myself about what topics are being taught and discussed in our public schools. For this reason, I have introduced the Student Privacy Act ( S.6052) legislation,” said Sen. Dean Murray, D-N.Y., of the 3rd District of the Senate.

The legislation would provide parents/guardians with certain safeguards requiring parental review and consent and giving parents/guardians the opportunity to opt out of their child from surveys or questionnaires requesting sensitive or personal information. Sensitive or personal information including, but not limited to, the personal attitudes, beliefs or experiences of a student, parent or legal guardian, pertaining to any of the following subject areas…

  • healthy

  • Mental Health

  • sexual behavior

  • gender identification

  • Religious practice, affiliation or belief

  • family dynamics

For more details on the legislation for the Student Privacy Act, please


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