With software being used in classrooms and installed on laptops provided to students, there is the risk of companies culling personal information of students. The weakened FERPA laws are little to no help in providing student privacy protection so it is up … Continue reading A Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy
Summit charter schools opened a location in Seattle last year. The school calls what they do “blended” or “personalized” learning which means placing a student in front of a computer during most, if not all, of their learning time. As of now, … Continue reading Serious student privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform
Originally posted on the EFF website: EFF Releases Spying on Students Ed Tech Report EFF Survey Reveals Gaps in Protecting the Privacy of K-12 Students Using School-Issued Devices and Cloud Apps “They are collecting and storing data to be used … Continue reading Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Releases Study on Student Data Privacy… or lack thereof
“What’s gotten in the way of education in the United States is a theory of social engineering that says there is ONE RIGHT WAY to proceed with growing up.” John Taylor Gatto CASEL’s mission is to gather personal information … Continue reading Bill Gates, CASEL and your student’s privacy
From Truth in American Education: Washington State GOP Supports Student Privacy, Opposes Common Core The Washington State Republicans passed a student privacy resolution at their recent state convention last month in Pasco, WA. They also passed language opposing Common Core into … Continue reading Opposition to the Common Core now has bipartisan support in Washington State
So, there is the NSA which is creepy (an unconstitutional) enough spying on every citizen in this country who has an email account or cell phone, but what about all the people who know about your child’s personal information? With … Continue reading What everyone else knows about your child
Student Privacy Matters This is on their homepage: Federal Privacy Rights How can parents exercise their rights to protect their children’s privacy under federal law? FERPA, PPRA and COPPA How FERPA has changed over time Directory Information Opt-Out Form Instructions … Continue reading Great website on student privacy issues and opting out
A new coalition called the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy released a letter today to the leaders of the committees of the House and Senate Education Committees, urging Congress to strengthen FERPA and involve parents in the decision-making … Continue reading New Coalition Urges Congress to Listen to Parents and Strengthen Student Privacy Protections
Let’s start off with this gem: Annual Kindergarten Show Canceled to Allow Kids to Focus on College A beloved annual kindergarten show at a New York school was canceled this week by administrators in an apparent effort to prepare the five-year-olds for college, probably by teaching them that you can’t trust anyone. Administrators at the Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, New York, recently sent out a series of letters alerting parents that the annual song-and-dance show their children had been preparing for wasn’t good enough for their looming college applications. “The reason for eliminating the Kindergarten show is simple. … Continue reading The Weekly Update: More on the Common Core, push back and opting out of high stakes testing, the FTC steps in to protect student privacy, a gag order on teachers and more
Much is going on in the wide world of education. Every time I’m ready to wrap up this post, something new comes across the wires so let’s get started. First up: Thanks to our state legislators who understand the negative ramifications of tying test scores to teacher evaluations, the bill that would have brought new meaning to the term “high stakes testing” was shot down even after Arne Duncan had a special meeting with our Governor explaining to him the importance of the Federal government determining local education policy. It will behoove all of us to remember the members of our … Continue reading The Weekly Update: No money for Common Core in Seattle, Broad left Seattle in the cover of darkness and has reappeared in Oregon, ACT for Kindergartners, Creationism in schools and the US as an Oligarchy. How much more fun can one have?
inBloom is the creation of Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch. From Diane Ravitch’s Blog: Is inBloom Engaged in Identity Theft? The Gates Foundation spent $100 million along with the Carnegie Corporation to create a massive database consisting of confidential information about students. The database will be created by Rupert Murdoch’s subsidiary Wireless Generation. It will go onto a “cloud” managed by amazon.com. Several states and districts have agreed to turn over their student data. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education quietly changed the FERPA regulations so that the data could be released. According to this article, the data will be … Continue reading Is inBloom not answerable to the public?
This just in: The leaders of both houses of the New York State legislature have called for a two year moratorium on the Common Core. The Governor has also expressed concern with the implementation. In addition the electeds shunned I Bloom – the data portal. The Board of Regents will hear a report from a Task Force on Monday. Ed in the Apple FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Senate Education Chair John Flanagan Call for Delay of Common Core and Sharing of Student Privacy Data Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following … Continue reading New York legislators ready to put Common Core Standards and student data collecting on hold