RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Common Core will likely be implemented into Nevada school districts this upcoming school year, and the new system has one parent concerned about his children’s educational future.
John Eppolito has four children in the Washoe County School District where a pilot program for Common Core is being tested this school year. "I just want to see any information that the state of Nevada is tracking on my children and any information that could be shared with others," said Eppolito.
The father contacted the Washoe County School District to see this information. The district directed him to the Nevada Department of Education, where he was given a price tag of $10,194.
Public Information Officer Judy Osgood responded to Eppolito’s request via email:
"The Department’s Director of Information Technology, Glenn Myer, has reviewed your request to receive reports of data for each of your four children that is contained in the SLDS. He has estimated that the cost will be approximately $10,194, which represents at least three solid weeks (120 hours) of dedicated staff time (billed at $84.95/hour) to build, test and validate a new application that will be able to display individual student data in a readable format. Payment of this fee must be made in full before work can begin."
Eppolito said he was shocked when he found out how much he needed to pay.
In a statement released to News 4, Osgood says the Department of Education needs a special computer system to accommodate Eppolito’s request:
"The data system is secure and private, but has not been built with an application to create confidential education records for individual students. The system is a warehouse of literally millions of pieces of data, but not the education records of students as that term is defined by law. Mr. Eppolito demanded to know how much it would cost for the Department to build a brand-new search engine to compile individual student records for his children, and that estimate was provided as a courtesy."
Eppolito has not paid the $10,000 bill, and is instead forming the group "Stop Common Core Nevada."
"This data will follow these kids the rest of their lives, so what if the data is not correct," asked Eppolito. "What if it is wrong information?"