State Senate Moves To Restrict Data Collection By School Districts

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A new bill passed by the Florida Senate would make major changes to what type of student data a school district is allowed to collect.

The Senate bill passed in the wake of complaints about the Common Core standards, which have been the focus of conspiracy theories and other wild claims in recent weeks.

The bill (SB 188) would ban school districts from being able to collect and retain information on the political or religious affiliation of students and their parents. It would also ban the collection of biometric information including student fingerprints, palm scans or iris scans.

The state also calls for creating a new student identification system so that school districts could eventually stop using social security numbers.

A similar bill is also advancing in the Florida House.

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