U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-UT) co-sponsored an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, S.1177, which passed 89 to 0 that addresses student privacy.
Unfortunately all the amendment does is mandate the creation of a committee to study student privacy concerns into a bill that is already chock full of problems.
We need action, not a study committee, in order to protect student privacy. Those who authored the amendment are also operating from the premise that student data collection is good from an academic standpoint. They seemed to be very concerned about private use of student data, but not as concerned about public sector use of such data.
Here is the text of the amendment: