Data Unicorns? Tech Giants and US Dept of Ed Form Alliance to Leverage Student Data — Without Parent Consent. Project Unicorn: Billionaire partners promoting data interoperability and online "Personalized Learning"

When the Unicorns "protecting" student data are interoperable with the Unicorns taking it, parents and lawmakers might want to pay attention. According to Technopedia, in the Information Technology world, "a…
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Sign the Petition. Support this Maryland Bill to Address Health Risks to Children from School Devices HB1110 to be heard Friday, March 2, 2018.

Sign the petition -- this bill is being heard this Friday, March 2, 2018, 1pm EST. Maryland has an important bill asking to keep school children safe by setting age…
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2011 Video: Personalized Learning’s Plan to Replace Teachers? “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

The last few years have seen an astronomical increase in screen time and “blended learning” being required in schools, starting even in preschool and kindergarten.  Many schools require students to pay a…
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Between a rock and a hard place with College Board and SAT College Board says it allows subcontractors to access personal IEP and 504 disability data

Sunday, January 28 is International Privacy Day. Please, when you think of privacy, remember that in today's high-tech classrooms,  K-12 students are a captive audience, in a state of nearly constant surveillance and ever increasing data collection. Student…
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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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