Serious student privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform

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

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Releases Study on Student Data Privacy… or lack thereof

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

Opposition to the Common Core now has bipartisan support in Washington State

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

New Coalition Urges Congress to Listen to Parents and Strengthen Student Privacy Protections

    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

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

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

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?

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?

Is inBloom not answerable to the public?

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?

New York legislators ready to put Common Core Standards and student data collecting on hold

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