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About Dr. William Allan Kritsonis
Remarks by Jennifer Butcher
August 22nd 2008

I have the privilege of introducing Dr. William Allan Kritsonis. Dr. Kritsonis earned a Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. He earned his Master’s in Education from Seattle Pacific University and his PhD from the University of Iowa. He also was a Visiting Scholar at both Columbia University in New York, and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
Dr. Kritsonis has served education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. He has earned tenure as a professor at the highest academic rank at two major universities. He was also a professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
In 2004, Dr. Kritsonis was recognized as the Central Washington University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Education and Professional Studies.
In 2005, Dr. Kritsonis was an Invited Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Round Table in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England.
Dr. Kritsonis is a well respected author of more than 500 articles in professional journals and several books. In 1983, Dr. Kritsonis founded the NATIONAL FORUM JOURNALS. These publications represent a group of highly respected academic journals in education.
Currently, Dr. Kritsonis is a Professor in the PhD Program in Educational Leadership here at Prairie View A&M University. At PV he has helped graduate students publish over 400 articles in professional journals and most are indexed in ERIC.
Dr. Kritsonis has dedicated himself to the advancement of educational leadership and to the education of students at all levels.
On July 26th this summer, Dr. Kritsonis was inducted into the William H. Parker Hall of Honor. He was nominated by doctoral and master’s degree students at Prairie View. It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. William Allan Kritsonis.

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  1. 1. Privacy Issues: Community,Educators, and Students<br />William Allan Kritsonis, PhD<br />
  2. 2. The Right of Privacy vs. The Right to Know…<br />
  3. 3. The community, educators, and students have the RIGHT to Privacy and the RIGHT to know…<br />Depending on circumstance<br />
  4. 4. The Community’s Right to Know….<br />
  5. 5. Texas Open Meetings (TOMA) <br /><ul><li>The purpose of this Act is to kept the public aware of the workings of the government
  6. 6. states “Every regular, special, or called meeting of a governmental body shall be OPEN to the public.”
  7. 7. The meetings must be held within the boundaries of the school district.
  8. 8. Open session meetings cover public business matters or public policies.</li></li></ul><li>TOMA AT A Glance: Open Meetings <br /><ul><li>Defines meetings as staff briefing sessions where board members receive information or give information to a third party
  9. 9. A written notice must be accessible at the administration building to inform the public about the place, date, time, and subjects at lease 72 hours BEFORE the meeting
  10. 10. Only subjects on the written notice should be discussed
  11. 11. Tape recording or written minutes must be kept to reflect the subject(s) discussed, decisions, or other actions taken. These recordings will be kept for at least 2 years</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Closed meetings that are NOT open to the public must involve: </li></ul> EXCEPTIONS<br />Purchase or lease of real estate property<br />Security measures <br />Receipt of gifts<br />Consultation with attorney<br />Personnel matters<br />Economic development<br />Certain homeland security matters<br />**Closed meetings must adequately describe the subjects that will be discussed in a public notice<br />
  12. 12. <ul><li>Guarantees the public has access to government information. The Texas Government Code gives citizens the right to access government records, without having to state a reason for the request.
  13. 13. Every citizen is entitled to a prompt and appropriate response to an open records request.</li></ul> Texas Public Information ACT<br />The Right to Know<br />
  14. 14. Texas Public Information ACT <br /> RIGHT TO KNOW<br />RIGHT TO PRIVACY<br /><ul><li>Name, sex, ethnicity, salary, title, and dates of employment
  15. 15. Educator’s degree obtained and curriculum studied
  16. 16. Records and allegations against a school personnel</li></ul>All personal Information and lifestyle matters that will violate someone’s privacy<br />Evaluation documents <br />Transcripts <br />
  17. 17. Rights to Know<br /> vs.<br />Rights to Privacy<br />Parents and Students’ <br />
  18. 18. FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds from the state<br /> This Act ensure student and parental rights in education. It also allows a student to VIEW or COPY the items inside of their records.<br />Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act The Parent/Students’ Rights <br />
  19. 19. RIGHTS UNDER FERPA<br /><ul><li>Parents can deny the release of information to third parties pertaining to their child
  20. 20. Parents have unlimited access to their child’s attendance and counseling records, test scores, reports about behavior, and ANY files, documents, and other material maintained by the school district pertaining to their child.
  21. 21. Parents are entitled to receive a understanding about assessments that may be used to determine learning behaviors and personality traits. Parental consent is needed.
  22. 22. Parents can challenge or question the content found in the records and request an amendment to be added in the file if the records are misleading.</li></li></ul><li> If a school violates the regulations of FERPA they risk the chance of termination of federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education. Educators can face termination of employment!<br />McGilvray v. Moses, 1999<br /> FERPA VIOLATIONS<br />
  23. 23. The 4th Amendment guarantees the rights of the people to be secured in their persons, house, paper, and effects, against UNREASONABLE searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause<br />
  24. 24. <ul><li>Are students protected by the Fourth Amendment “the right from unreasonable searches” when randomly asked to submit to a urine test?</li></ul>The Right to Privacy or the Right to Know<br />
  25. 25. As general rule, most districts practice their right to know when suspicion arises. If an individual is suspected of illegal drug possession or usage, they can be subjected to drug testing.<br />*This rule also applies to educators. Some degree of individualized suspicion is needed<br />Answer:<br />Yes, BUT….<br />
  26. 26. Searches and Seizures<br />Do school officials hold the same RIGHTS as parents to search a student to preserve order?<br />
  27. 27. Answer:<br /><ul><li>YES!.....
  28. 28. School officials can search a student if:</li></ul>a there is a REASONABLE cause that the student has violated a school rule or law.<br />the search is appropriate for the age, gender, and nature of offence<br /> **A search can include lockers, cars, backpacks, and personal belongings<br />
  29. 29. Reasonable Cause EXCEPTIONS Notice to students: <br /><ul><li>A school district or school can enforce a policy that requires a general search for ALL students. However, the students must be aware of this action in the student code of conduct. This includes random drug testing and metal detectors.
  30. 30. Students should also know that any item in “plain view” will be taken and could be subjected to discipline measures.</li></ul>*students’ privacy rights are limited in the public school setting because the district is responsible and expected to maintain order.<br />
  31. 31. Sniffer Dogs and Metal Detectors<br />The use of sniffer dogs or metal detectors to inspect personal belongings, lockers and cars on school property is NOT considered a search during a general search.<br />However….<br />Once a sniffer dog or metal detectors alerts school officials, there is grounds for REASONABLE SUSPICION and a search can be conducted to locate the contraband<br />
  32. 32. The United States Supreme court ruled that public schools are entitled to protection of the Fourth Amendment.<br />Yet, the courts realized that school officials may need to perform searches to maintain order. The FULL protection of the Constitution Does NOT apply to students.<br />
  33. 33. The Educators’ Right to Know and Right to Privacy…<br />
  34. 34. Right to know or the Right of privacy?<br />Is the personal information stored on a teacher’s school-district owned computer private information?<br />
  35. 35. <ul><li>NO!</li></ul>Answer:<br />If the computer was issued by the school for educational purposes, it should not be used for private or personal use. The information stored on the computer is NOT considered private information and can be inspected by the district at anytime.<br />
  36. 36. “The constitutional right of privacy does not protect against the disclosure of information about unlawful activity”<br />P.350 <br />
  37. 37. Defamation is false and unprivileged spoken words or written publication, which expose ridicules to lower the reputation of someone. These statements has a tendency to cause damage to one’s occupation.<br />Two types of defamation: <br /> slander- oral statements<br /> libel- written statements<br />Law of defamation: slander and libel<br />
  38. 38. the words meets the definition of defamation<br />the words were communicated to a third party<br />the words are false<br />caused injury <br />These conditions suggest some defense to claim of defamation.<br />Employees have the RIGHT to clear their names if their reputation is stigmatized due to defamation<br />Hammond v. Katy ISD<br />Educators have a RIGHT to take legal action against defamation if:<br />
  39. 39. <ul><li>The community, educators, and students have the RIGHT to KNOW and the RIGHT to PRIVACY.
  40. 40. When a situation involves personal information, student records, students rights, work ethics, searches, and seizes, it is necessary for one act with caution and use common sense to avoid violating someone’s constitutional rights and the risk of a lawsuit. Know the difference between the Right to KNOW and the Right to PRIVACY. </li></ul>Summary<br />