|Superintendent John White (credit: Shreveport Times)|
New Schools for New Orleans had received $301K “to fund a road map for community engagement around school closure”. The following year the organization receives a Gates’ $3 million grant.]
At Wednesday’s meeting we heard some compelling testimony regarding the state’s and school districts’ data storage practices. It’s an issue worth continued discussion with the board.
The data storage agreement with the inBloom database was undertaken with caution and a sense of responsibility. However, because of the concerns expressed by some parents, and because we have not yet had an in-depth discussion with the board and public about data storage at the agency or district level, I think that it is best for now that we withdraw student information from the inBloom database. I have told our staff to do so and have informed inBloom of our decision.”
April 19: After this news is reported in the media, inBloom tweets:
.@frankcatalano @audreywatters Louisiana still part of inBloom community. Many inaccuracies in coverage
— inBloom (@inBloomEdu) April 19, 2013
Louisiana parents and advocates don’t know whom to believe. White contradicts inBloom and insists he has pulled all the student data out of inBloom.