Student Privacy and Edtech workshop hosted by US Dept of Ed and FTC. The Videos, Some Excerpts, Concerns, and a Publication calling for More Money.

During a recent workshop on student privacy and security, the US Department of Education's Chief Privacy Officer, Kathleen Styles, said she wants to hear from parents, wants to know what is happening…
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Was this Director fired for questioning why student IEP data is shared with a for-profit company? "worried that parents do not realize such information is going to a for-profit company"

The Texas Education Agency has made news for abruptly firing their new Special Education Director, Laurie Kash. Kash recently found out she was fired by the TEA only after reading it in…
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Alarming who has access to IRS and Census information by “hook or crook”. How it's being done and how Congress is expanding access to data.

Many Americans have  been asked to complete a survey for the Census Bureau.  The questions are detailed and invasive and leave most wondering who sees this information.  The Census Bureau assures you that "Your…
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Congress Suspending the Rules to rush through bill for National Citizen Data System: HR4174 Bill to be heard this week. Contact your Congressman now.

CALL YOUR HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES MONDAY, see directory here. Congress is rushing through bill HR4174 THIS WEEK.  Yes, there are lots of bills in play but #THIS is the one to…
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USDoE’s Digital Promise and Facebook team up for student databadges. and Gates funded DQC group is lobbying Congress to weaken FERPA, again.

Trick or treat Two-fer today. The Data Quality Campaign, funded by Bill Gates is lobbying Congress to further weaken FERPA.  You can and SHOULD read all about that here.  We urge you…
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Data breaches, cyber hacks and ransom notes…in Schools. Who is legally liable for k-12 student data privacy and security?

K-12 students and parents are hostage to the data overlords. No, I mean really,  hostage, in every sense.  As Natasha Singer points out here  and here, "BigData" and edtech have taken over…
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TODAY: Submit comments to USDoE before midnight. The Department of Education wants to know what should be repealed or replaced.

  The US Department of Education is asking for comments, "In accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” the Department of Education (Department) is seeking input on…
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A look at the questionnaire given to students when they take the SAT and PSAT The College Board says it's optional, do ALL students and parents know that?

Snapshot of College Board's OPTIONAL Student Data Questionnaire (2016-17) shared from Colorado Dept. of Ed website. CLICK TO ENLARGE The above screenshot of the Student Data Questionnaire was posted on…
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President and Mrs. Trump, your son deserves privacy but so do other children. President Obama changed FERPA law without a Congressional vote. Protect children, change it back.

President and First Lady Trump, your son is beautiful. No one has a right to spread stories about a child, in the media or elsewhere.  ALL children deserve privacy and all children deserve…
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