Student data protection bills stall in Legislature

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Lawmakers have bogged down over proposals that would limit how the state can store and share public school student data.

The issue is a flashpoint in the larger dispute over the state's participation in tougher educational standards called the Common Core, particularly how online testing data will be used and shared with outside parties.

The House and Senate education committees Wednesday debated bills that would add new student privacy restrictions in Louisiana. Both panels stalled the proposals to continue conversations about what limits to enact – and what limits go too far.

Parents who oppose Common Core said the state education department hasn't properly protected their children's personal information.

However, state agencies said too many restrictions could jeopardize federal funding and students' abilities to get free college tuition through TOPS.

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