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September 30, 2013

Waunakee School District Seeks Unauthorized Private Information

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Wisconsin. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

If a school district wishes to conduct a census, Wisconsin law permits them to ask exactly two questions: the number of children in a household and their ages.

But Waunakee Community School District recently requested information on their census that is not authorized under state law: the names and birthdates of the children, the year the family moved into the school district, whether it was new construction, and whether the family is still living at the location. It specified a deadline of October 11.

Families should feel comfortable ignoring the Waunakee request completely. Although state law permits a school district to conduct a two-question census, the law does not require a family to answer it. If you respond at all, we urge you to supply only the information which the school district is authorized to request.

We have called the school district and asked them to refrain from asking for unauthorized information on the census.

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