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How to Object to Statewide Student Data Release

A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all public schools across the state, including those operated by the Ventura Unified School District.

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against CDE regarding compliance with special education laws. As a part of this lawsuit, the United States District Court ordered CDE to release all data it has collected on general and special education students statewide since Jan. 1, 2008 to attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. No data is being released to the public and extensive precautions are in place to keep the data secure. Additionally, the parties are required to either return or destroy the data at the conclusion of the lawsuit.

VUSD schools were not involved in the lawsuit and are not the subject of any of the suit's allegations. VUSD will not be disclosing any student data.

Parents and guardians who want to object to CDE's release of their child’s data to the plaintiffs' attorneys may do so by submitting a form by mail prior to April 1, 2016. Links to the form and additional information about this case are on the district and individual school web sites.

§  Data Release Objection Form: English | Español

§  Court Notice About Disclosure of Student Records: English | Español

§  Statement from State Superintendent of Schools

§  CDE Web Page on the Lawsuit

Title I School-Level Parental Involvement Policy

Montalvo Elementary has developed a written Title I parental involvement policy with input from Title I parents in School Site Council.  It has distributed the policy to parents of Title I students in the Parent Handbook.  The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parental involvement requirements [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(a)-(f) inclusive].

Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program

To involve parents in the Title I program at Montalvo, the following practices have been established:

*       The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students about Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I program.
This meeting takes place in October.


*       The school offers a flexible number of meetings for Title I parents, such as meetings in the morning or evening.

*       The school involves parents of Title I students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review*, and improvement of the school’s Title I programs and the Title I parental involvement policy.**
Aside from Title 1 meetings, we offer Title 1 parents the opportunity to participate in School Site Council, English Learner Advisory Committee and PTA.


*       The school provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs.
School Annual Report Card, School Site Council and ELAC


*       The school provides parents of Title I students with an explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
At Back to School Night, at conference times, and during school tours.


*       If requested by parents of Title I students, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
Parents are always invited to contact the school regarding concerns or suggestions for the education of their children. 

*It may be helpful to include the parental involvement policy review in the annual review of the Single Plan for Student Achievement.

**The policy must be updated periodically to meet changing needs of parents and the school. If the school has a process in place for involving parents in planning and designing the school’s programs, the school may use that process if it includes adequate representation of parents of Title I children. [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(c)(3)]