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Student Privacy Bill Delayed

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) did not release a student privacy bill March 23 as expected. Polis and Messer held off on releasing the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, which intends to prevent vendors and third parties from using student information, according to Messer’s staff. The delay followed complaints from parents and activists who say they fear the measure may not go far enough to protect students. “While we welcome federal legislation to...

Arizona Senate Kills Bill to Repeal Common Core

On March 30, the Arizona Senate defeated HB2190, a bill meant to rid the state of Common Core. In a 13-16 vote, the legislators narrowly voted to keep the controversial K-12 math and English standards. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley), aimed to repeal Common Core and to restore local control of standards. Arizona parents and activists told School Reform News they would continue to fight Common Core. Heather Kays (hkays@heartland.org) is a research...

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