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Parent Activists Concerned About Student Database

Monday, October 15, 2012

education, classroom, school, school supplies, class, teachers, students (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

A data-sharing agreement inked between the state Department of Education and a private nonprofit last week may led to confidential student information being used for commercial purposes, parents activists claim.

Critics said on Sunday they had privacy concerns about information sent to the student database known as the Shared Learning Collective — and a group called on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to review the agreement.

Education Commissioner John King said care has been taken to ensure that sort of breach will not happen, saying there are "extensive privacy protections in federal and state law."

Ken Wagner, an associate commissioner at the state's education department, said the data cannot be sold without explicit consent from school districts.

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Leonie Haimson from NYC

State Ed says that our confidential student data can't be sold w/out consent of District; meaning Bloomberg and Walcott get to decide; and federal privacy protections and lack of parent consent has nothing to do with it? Meanwhile, it's already in the hands of Murdoch and Klein's Wireless Generation, which is in charge of building the system. Wow, that makes us feel so much better.

See our blog, including links to the letter attorney Norman Siegel on behalf of parent groups here: http://bit.ly/RITxE1

and other news clips here: http://shar.es/5PCok

Oct. 15 2012 10:20 AM

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