Benton Harbor Area Schools claims Whirlpool accessed student information

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A school board in southwestern Michigan is investigating allegations that Whirlpool Corp. received access to student information.

The Herald-Palladium reports that Benton Harbor school board trustees passed a resolution Tuesday directing Interim Superintendent Patricia Robinson to report details of data electronically released to Whirlpool.

Robinson says compiling the information will take about two weeks.

Whirlpool spokesman Jeff Noel says student information wasn’t given to the company itself but to a school district volunteer working for the company. He says the volunteer received the information from school staff to contact parents of children who left the district to find out why they left.

Noel says company officials began investigating the matter last week. He says the information the volunteer received is permitted under the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.

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