Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Connecticut Democrats kill student privacy bill

Last month, a measure that would have barred schools in Connecticut from sharing student test results with military recruiters easily passed the state Education Committee. Today, that legislation died.

In an email, Rep. Jack Hennessy, a Democrat, told me that “the Veterans’ Affairs Committee met this morning and killed the bill.” Hennessy is the chairman of that committee. He did not say why.

The legislation, which would have stopped schools from sharing with recruiters data collected as part of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) — advertised to high school students as a career aptitude exam — was opposed by the Pentagon, which I suppose is all the explanation we need.
Democrats control 120 out of 187 seats in the state legislature, as well as the governor’s office.

UPDATE: I wrote about the bill's failure for VICE.


  1. The No Child Left Behind Act, which requires all schools to provide contact information for students and physical access to campuses (but not test results), specifically overturned a CT law.

    1. Are you saying there was a law in Connecticut prior to No Child Left Behind that was overturned, or do you mean that NCLB would have effectively overturned this bill? At least with NCLB, parents can supposedly opt their child out, whereas data from the ASVAB can be sent to the military no matter what the student or their parents wish.

  2. Overturned it by name.

    And of course the NCLB system is an opt out rather than an opt in.

    1. Ah, you're right. From NCLB's section requiring student data be shared with recruiters:

      "A local educational agency prohibited by Connecticut State law (either explicitly by statute or through statutory interpretation by the State Supreme Court or State Attorney General) from providing military recruiters with information or access as required by this section shall have until May 31, 2002, to comply with that requirement."