NYSUT and AFT have repeatedly raised concerns about student and teacher privacy regarding inBloom, Inc. Nearly two months ago, AFT President Randi Weingarten suggested public forums be held and committees be created to establish guidelines relating to the use of the data. Here’s a link to not only Weingarten’s two-page letter, but also the response she got from those in charge at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation.
Now Class Size Matters, one of NYSUT’s partners in the One Voice United Rally last month, has issued a report to alert parents that their children’s data could be shared. Like Randi, the group is trying to get districts to hold public meetings to explain what is going on with the sharing of student data.
Yikes! was my response to finding out inBloom plans to charge states $2 to $5 per student for this data repository because every day I read stories about Sullivan County Head Start being cut for the lack of $170,000 or this Schuyler County after school program cut because they need $75,000. Of course, I wonder what might have to be cut next year because of the costs for storing student data?