New law bans schools from seeking personal information without consent

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley
Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times

Responding to concerns of unnecessary intrusion, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday to preclude students from being asked certain questions on assessments without first getting parental consent.

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, said the new law is not aimed at intruding on legitimate back-and-forth questions between teachers and students. And he said that even queries about personal habits are OK as long as they’re part of the teaching experience.

What’s not OK, he said, are the written surveys conducted by schools, sometimes on behalf of outside groups or even the federal government, that seek personal information about the students and their families.

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