WI School Plays Game With Students To Attain Personal Family Information

government override“Do your parents drink?” “Has anyone in your family been to jail?” “Have you ever wanted to commit suicide?” “Have you ever experienced or wanted to cut [yourself]?”

These were some of the questions allegedly asked of students by Marinette Middle School, WI.  If the answer was “yes,” the children were instructed by the organizers to take a step forward toward a line, in a game called “Crossing the line.”

But it weren’t the students crossing the line, but school administrators. The parents of these students had reportedly not notified, and one child reports she was threatened with suspension if she didn’t participate.


Ann Gassel, with Missouri Watchdog, has the details of the story, including a list of questions a school cannot ask by federal law…without parental permission:

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent

2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family

3. Sex behavior or attitudes

4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior

5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships

6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or minister

7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents

8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.


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Karin Piper

Colorado PolitiChick Karin Piper is an award winning author and transparency expert specializing in education and union transparency. She provides policy tools necessary for parents, union memberis, teachers and decision makers to become informed consumers in the educational marketplace. She also serves as executive director of ParentledReform.org, an organization she helped found, and works with various other non-partisan likeminded organizations. Karin was a finalist for OGI's 2012 Burke-Carr Public Interest Awards and nominated as candidate for Charter School Friend of the Year in 2009. Her knowledge of state and federal open records laws and tireless advocacy for open union negotiations has been featured by major media outlets across the nation. Her debut book, CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Ultimate Handbook for Parents, was awarded a 2009 finalist in best books for parenting and education, by USA Book News and appeared in bookstores around the world. Born and raised in Sweden, she lives in Douglas County, Colorado, the epicenter of education reform. Karin is a frequently sought as a parental voice and expert opinion in response to much of today's political edu-rhetoric and legislation proposals. She has been interviewed by many news outlets, including CBS, NBC, KNUS, EdNews, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, and many others.

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