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Judge mulling release of student data from City Honors, Hutch-Tech

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy heard arguments Monday on reconsidering his order to release names and admissions scores of hundreds of students from City Honors School and Hutchinson Central Technical High School, but he reserved decision.

McCarthy shared privacy concerns raised by the Buffalo Public Schools, which requested he reconsider his order to release the student data sought as evidence by a former teacher, but also questioned why those students or their parents couldn't first be notified and given the opportunity to object to the release of the data.

"We're talking about a tedious, burdensome, expensive process," said Joel Moore, assistant legal counsel for the school district. The school district also believes the data is irrelevant in the case.

The plaintiff, Shellonnee B. Chinn, a former kindergarten teacher at Elmwood Franklin School, has filed a discrimination suit against the private school in North Buffalo. To prove that she was an effective educator, she wants the admissions scores of her former students accepted into two of the city’s top high schools. She also wants the names and scores of everyone else accepted into City Honors and Hutch-Tech since 2013 as a comparison.

The judge said he was going to give the district's request to reconsider the order more thought and would issue a decision in "due course."

Judge rebukes Buffalo Schools as he agrees to hear arguments on releasing records

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