MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Public schools could release the names of students’ parents and guardians under a bill approved by the state Assembly.
The proposal was passed Tuesday in a voice vote. It now goes to the Senate.
Schools must inform parents of what is considered directory data and provide them an opportunity to exclude themselves. Directory information currently includes such basic information as students’ names, addresses, birthdates and phone numbers. The bill approved Tuesday would allow schools to also release the names of parents and guardians.
Opponents say it amounts to an invasion of privacy that could lead to unintended consequences, such as allowing people to obtain the names of students’ parents for nefarious reasons. Supporters say it’s a minor change and there’s little sense in preventing schools from listing the names of students’ parents on directories.