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NEW INFORMATION: Wis. committee deadlocks on student privacy bill

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly's Education Committee has deadlocked on passing a bill designed to protect student data.

The Wednesday vote to pass the bill tied at 5-5, meaning it cannot advance. One member, Republican Rep. Jessie Rodriguez, was absent but could vote later.

The measure grew out of a task force that examined the effect of Common Core academic standards in public schools.

The bill would impose restrictions on the state Department of Public Instruction and any private entity that collects student data. All four committee Democrats and Republican Rep. Steve Nass voted against passage.

The committee was originally scheduled to also vote on a bill that banned the collection of biometric data from students, like fingerprints and eye scans, but that was removed because changes are still being discussed.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) --The Wisconsin Assembly's Education Committee plans to vote on a pair of bills that grew out of a task force that examined the effect of Common Core academic standards in public schools.

The bills up for a vote Wednesday are designed to protect student privacy, but Democrats and the state Department of Public Instruction oppose them.

One bill would prohibit the collection of any biometric data, including scans of a student's pupil and fingerprints. The standards do not require the taking of biometric data, but bill backers argue they need to take action before any attempts are made.

The second bill would direct DPI to post on its website a comprehensive list of every distinct type of data that it collects on individual students and the reason for its collection.

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