Thursday, October 31, 2013

NYC Public School Parents: Southold Superintendent demands right to opt out of data sharing, citing state's contract with inBloom

NYC Public School Parents: Southold Superintendent demands right to opt out of data sharing, citing state's contract with inBloom:

Southold Superintendent demands right to opt out of data sharing, citing state's contract with inBloom

Superintendent David Gamberg credit: Suffolk Times
As more and more districts give back their Race to the Top funds to protect student privacy, so they don't have to sign up for data dashboards that will be populated with personal data from the inBloom cloud, they also realize that this does not spare their student data from being uploaded by NYSED anyway.   

Commissioner King has been adamant that personal and highly sensitive data from the entire state's public school population will be shared with inBloom whether districts sign up for dashboards or not.  
See this comment from the School board President in Spackenkill NY, Arij Kurzum, upon returning these funds and turning down the dashboards, because it "was what people in the community wanted and the reaction seems favorable.
“I think our job is not done by just pulling out of Race to the Top,” she said. “The state is still going to get that information ... and they’re still going to put it in inBloom.

But see the letter written to inBloom by Superintendent, David Gamberg of Southhold LI, below.  He identified a 

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