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Education department shares improperly redacted document

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 23:19:48-05

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Education says it inadvertently released personal information about families that get a state-funded voucher to pay for private education.

The agency said Tuesday it attempted to black out personal information when fulfilling public records requests.

But the the data could be uncovered by copying and pasting it into a new document. A department spokesman says the personal information included names and email addresses for parents, and for children with disabilities, a code corresponding to the disability.

Children's names were not disclosed.

The agency apologized for the error, said it has notified those affected and has asked the U.S. Education Department if privacy laws were violated.