California Department of Education Required to Provide Student Information - Opt Out Form Available

A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting ALL school districts across the state. In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.

The Rowland Unified School District is not involved in the lawsuit and we were not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations.

Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008.

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court to consider not releasing your data, visit:

*The deadline to send in the form is April 1, 2016. Parents/Guardians may complete and mail in an Opt-Out form to prevent the release of student data at   

If parents have further questions, please contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.



Follow these step-by-step instructions to complete the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records:

  1. Download the form — available in English and Spanish:
  2. Mail the completed form, one for each student, exactly as required to:

United State District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
c/o Clerk of the Court
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
501 I Street, Room 4-200 Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Document Filed Under Seal.

The deadline to submit objection forms is April 1. Do not fax or email the form, and do not phone or message – only hard-copy forms will be accepted.