Continuing questions about student privacy

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?

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  1. Don Carlisto July 26, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    It’s simple: the collecting and sharing of student data per NYSED’s plan does not pass the smell test. Thank you for helping to throw light on this issue.

    • Betsy Sandberg July 26, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      You are most welcome, especially for working sense into your comment. Puns always appreciated.

  2. Chris Cerrone July 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Great point about the cost of inBloom in addition to the major privacy concerns. We need to publicize the inBloom issue as few parents and even educators are aware.

  3. Lori Atkinson-Griffin July 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Once again kids will suffer at the hands of people who do not have the best intentions in mind.

  4. Martin Messner July 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Thanks Betsy. It’s good to get this info out there.

  5. Pam Cournyea July 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    I don’t understand why I’m not seeing more outrage over this from parents. InBloom will own this data? It includes disciplinary information as well as grades? How do we know that it won’t one day be sold to potential employers? I know several people who were ‘troublemakers’ in high school that went on to become successful professionals. What happens at school should stay at school!

  6. Helene Ielardi July 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    The government has no right to pimp out the personal records of my children, my students or me for their gain, especially when they can not guarantee the security of that information and the money spent to maintain that info is being redirected from educational resources like Head Start and after school programs.

  7. Kathryn D. Brown July 27, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    We teach students about privacy and appropriate sharing of information. Seems like some adults need a refresher course.

  8. Joi Chimera July 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    As always Betsy, thank you for providing the information we need to hear & share. We need to let parents know about this. It is an outrage that everything related to this obsession with testing is pulling vital resources from our students.

  9. Cheryl Hughes July 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Thank you Betsy for sharing this information! Once again the students pay ! We need to let parents and teachers know the cost and privacy concerns of inBlooms student data system !!!

  10. M DeVit July 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Interesting info. I hope parents go on board to fight this craziness.

  11. Bullied Teacher July 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    NYSUT should aggressively push to protect our students data and teacher data as well.

  12. Nancy Henry July 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    We must continue to educate parents and even our own BOE. The big question is will they trust us vs NYSED. Thank you Betsy.

  13. Tom McMahon July 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Thanks for continuing to shed light on this issue, Betsy. Only in NY would we need a law to protect student privacy and instead of having one actually use tax dollars to prevent it. Despicable but expected with our “clown” governor and a state government listed perennially as one of the most corrupt in the country.

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