Audit shows some schools released sensitive student data

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State auditors examining school finance records have uncovered a concerning trend in which dozens of districts and charters released personal student information, a potential violation of state and federal privacy laws.

The report released Wednesday by the Office of the Utah State Auditor shows that 39 districts and charters released sensitive student data in more than 5,000 transactions since 2009. Most of those transactions on Utah’s public finance website included information on academic services, testing, medical services, special education and legal services.

But other findings in the report show that most Utah schools have been accurate, transparent and reliable in their financial reporting.

The state superintendent of public instruction says the schools that released private student data have been contacted and administrators have worked to fix the problem.

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