Diana Newmark Points to Risks of Data Sharing for Students Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

Diana Newmark (’13), Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Education Advocacy Clinic at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, contributed a Special to the Arizona Daily Star (featured as a local opinion on tuscon.com) outlining risks posed by the data sharing agreement between Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) and the Pima County Juvenile Court Center (PCJCC), including the potential impacts of a broader scope of information, the prospect of harsher punishments, and the lack of certain due process protections in school disciplinary proceedings (“Sharing Student Data Poses Risks,” Mar. 10). She urges “TUSD and PCJCC to consider the risks that sharing information like this can pose and to limit the use of this data when making decisions about individual children.” At the same time, she articulates uses of data at the systems level to enact needed reforms. “I anticipate that data collected under this agreement will reveal which TUSD schools are most likely to lean on law enforcement measures instead of adopting de-escalation strategies and school-based solutions to student misbehavior. My hope is that TUSD uses this information to develop targeted strategies supporting the schools that frequently refer their students to the police, building their capacity to handle behavior concerns at the school level instead of resorting to law enforcement intervention.”