National Parent Coalition Seeks Protection of Student Data & Psychological Privacy


The following note was sent to the chairpersons and ranking members of the U.S. House Education & Workforce Committee & the Preschool, Elementary, & Secondary Education Subcommittee:

Dear Chairwoman Foxx, Ranking Member Scott, Chairman Rokita, and Ranking Member Polis and the Education & Workforce Committee,

Thank you for holding the recent hearing on federal education research & privacy. Please see the following link to a national parent coalition letter containing the views, concerns and recommendations regarding student data and psychological privacy after the June 28th hearing of the Subcommittee on on Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary Education titled “Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen Education Research While Protecting Student Privacy.”

National Parent Coalition Letter

This coalition includes 9 national organizations and 72 state and local organizations from 33 states, representing hundreds of thousands of concerned parents and citizens across the nation.

We respectfully, but strongly urge you to not include social emotional research in any reauthorization of ESRA, rescind the Obama administration regulatory gutting of privacy in FERPA as that is reauthorized, and enforce PPRA to prohibit psychological screening & profiling in any kind of assessments, not just surveys.

I will be happy to forward any responses from you to the coalition.

Thank you for your attention to this critical education issue.

Best regards,
Karen R. Effrem, MD
President, Education Liberty Watch
Executive Director, The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition

“It is extremely important for Congress to hear from parents of students whose lives are affected by the womb-to-tomb data collection and psychological profiling,” said Dr. Karen Effrem, president of Education Liberty Watch. “Parent concern about the social emotional learning (SEL) research and other data collection in the Strengthening Education Through Research Act (SETRA) as well as the regulatory weakening of FERPA were extremely important in keeping SETRA from passing in the last session of Congress. All of the data breaches and the push for SEL teaching, assessment, and research has made parents more concerned, not less, about their students’ privacy, and more determined than ever to protect it in this next session of Congress.”
For more information, please contact

Dr. Karen Effrem
Office: 952-361-4931
[email protected]

Used with the permission of Education Liberty Watch.

Dr. Karen Effrem is president of Education Liberty Watch. She is a pediatrician, researcher, and conference speaker. Besides Education Liberty Watch, Dr. Effrem serves on the board and the Alliance for Human Research Protection, and she is also the co-founder and executive director of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition. Dr. Effrem’s medical degree is from Johns Hopkins University and her pediatric training from the University of Minnesota. She has provided testimony for Congress, as well as in-depth analysis of numerous pieces of major federal education, health, and early childhood legislation for congressional staff, state legislatures, and many organizations.