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Fulton Science Academy Parents Cry Foul Over Privacy

Student names were listed on an audit report that some parents say violate privacy laws.

Parents of children who attended Fulton Science Academy Middle School are crying foul over the Fulton School System's release of student names in an audit report about the school.

At least one parent has reportedly sent a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education, asking for an investigation into alleged violations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Also Ava Chun, whose son attended the school, sent an email to state legislators and media outlets saying the school system and its superintendent broke privacy laws.

"Informing you that Fulton County Superintendent Dr. Avossa and Fulton County School board members broke the privacy law in specifically mentioning student names in its FAULTY UNTRUE audit report," she wrote.

She provided a link to a WSB-TV article online that listed other parents' concerns. It also contains an aplogy from a school system representative and a promise to examine the school system's online public records request system.

The audit report was posted online in the materials for the June 5 School Board workshop meeting, under Superintendent's Report. Patch contacted the school system about the complaint, telling a spokesperson that student names were listed on the published report. The report was taken down and replaced with no notice. When those same parents again complained to Patch that even the new version still contained student names, the school system again was contacted. Now a third version is online–and was replaced on Patch's pages–that had even more names blacked out.

"I request GA legislator and government leaders to see and understand how Fulton County School superintendfent and board falsely manipulates facts and blatantly VIOLATES the law and to do what it can to remedy this," Chun asked in her email to many state senators and representatives.

The school system performed an audit of the school after . The audit investigation intensified when an $18.9 million a second time by a ratings agency. This audit added specific complaints against the school's board of governor's and its fiscal management. The student names were listed in reports on three international trips taken by students, parents and chaperones.

The school also , which was rejected citing the same grounds as the Fulton County School Board's rejection of its charter renewal. Now Fulton Science Academy Middle School is , and expending from a middle school to admit students from Pre-K through eighth grade.

J. June 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM
This FSA group is really getting annoying. Now they are just trying to throw mud on the very school system that they wanted to FUND THEM. While not an FSA parent, I used to support them, but now I see how they create so much negative energy and waste so much time playing VICTIM. Boo hiss FSA. If your intention was REALLY to have a great school for your kids... GO DO IT... get busy with the important work you claim you intended to do... go figure out how you are going to serve your students for this bridge year (this unfunded one) and reapply for a charter the following year. FSA, time to move on. YOU GOOFED. Now, show your kids that you can fail a test, learn something, and earn an "A" next time!
R June 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM
While understanding the concern of the parents, one has to wonder about students' names being released by the Fulton Science Academy in numerous press releases, email blasts and website updates. These often contained not only the students' names and grades, but also pictures. Surely these are all still "out there" on the internet.
66chevelle July 04, 2012 at 03:50 AM
What happened to "Gitano Bandolero" and all the other Gulen astroturfers? Funny how all the fake passion and outrage just dried up once the money spigot turned off.

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