As the article makes clear, this company plans to share this information “with private companies selling educational products and services. Entrepreneurs can't wait.” All this is happening without parental notification or consent. The chief product officer of inBloom Inc., a woman called Sharren Bates, worked for Gates and before that, headed up the ARIS project for DOE, the $100 million boondoggle that made the same sort of ridiculous promises to revolutionize instruction in our schools and was a complete bust.
But this project is a million times more dangerous. Here is a factsheet and a sample opt-out letter you can send to Commissioner King; please follow up with phone calls to his office if he doesn’t respond within five business days.
Below are my follow-up questions to the NY State Education Department. Through an intermediary in the Governor's office, NYSED officials originally agreed to meet with us and respond to our questions, as long as we didn't bring our attorney, Norman Siegel. We agreed to that condition, but then they changed their minds, and said they would respond to written questions within five days. Then after we sent them the questions, more than a week ago, they reneged again on their promise and said it would take them longer but have not specified when they will respond.
Since most of these questions are purely factual, one would think it would not be so difficult...but transparency has never been a hallmark of the State Education Department, that is, unless transparency means their intention to share our children's most confidential information with vendors without our consent.