Florida mom Lee Kersey had questions about her daughter’s participation in the State’s Voluntary Pre Kindergarten Program (VPK). When looking for answers, she stumbled upon a shocking find: The Florida Legislature had amended the state statute making participating children exempt from certain constitutional rights. By enrolling her child in VPK she would allow the government to harvest and share private information such as “assessment data, health data, records of teacher observations, and other personally identifiable information of an enrolled child and his or her parent.” Teachers’ observations about parental behavior, gleaned second hand from children, become part of the infamous permanent record, with no chance of parental review or redaction.
“I am furious,” says Kersey about her findings. “It seems like every day brings a new challenge from the government for my parental rights. How dare politicians think that they can trample all over my daughter and I to revoke her fourth amendment rights? No one should have the right to know her personal information without my express written consent.”
And she isn’t alone.
Kersey’s find has sparked national effort among parents who are seeking to find out how it is possible for the government to access and freely share such information without parental consent.
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