Education

Jun 17, 2014 5:37 PM by AP

Education dept. working on student privacy changes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state education board is steering up to $1 million to an education department effort to create a new identification system for public school students that doesn't use social security numbers.

The use of unique student identification numbers is required under a recently-passed bill seeking more protections for student data and limits on how the information can be used.

A financial committee of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Tuesday to pay either $1 million or 75 percent of the total for the education department to develop the new system, whichever is less.

Lawmakers agreed without opposition in the recently-ended legislative session to put new limits on how Louisiana handles public school student data and to require the shift away from using social security numbers to identify students.

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