The Department’s effort to shepherd states toward the creation of a de facto national student database raises serious legal and prudential questions. Congress has never authorized the Department of Education to facilitate the creation of a national student database. To the contrary, Congress explicitly prohibited the “development of a nationwide database of personally identifiable information under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C. § 7911)
Back in 2010, as Race To The Top was introduced, part of the initiative included the creation of a Statewide Longitudinal Data System, or SLDS for short. The idea, according to the below letter, was for states to share data with each other. US Representative John Kline, of Minnesota, opposed this idea. The letter stated the inherent dangers in birthing a database of this type.
Does anyone know if Arne actually responded to Kline’s letter? I would love to see that response!