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Newport Schools Denied Access to Health Database

 
Newport Schools Denied Access to Health Database

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island's attorney general says Newport's school committee cannot access children's health records to help track the success of early education programs.
 
The Newport Daily News reports Charles Shoemaker, the committee's chairman, wanted to get access to the state Department of Health database to obtain names, birth dates and addresses of children and their parents in Newport and Middletown.
 
The idea was to help track kids who participated in the Baby Steps, Early Head Start, Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs to see how they were doing after entering the school systems.
 
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says the records contained in the KIDSNET database are confidential and releasing them to the school committee would be an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

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