Here is the letter White sent the board Thursday evening:
From: John White <email@example.com
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:16:59 -0500
To: Chas Roemer <ChasRoemer@hotmail.com
Cc: Heather Cope <Heather.Cope@LA.GOV
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.
We have protected student information for decades and take security very seriously. Given the concerns expressed by our most important constituents -- students and families -- I'd like a chance to discuss our policies and procedures with you before we enter into new relationships with partners providing this service
Thanks as always for your time. Have a great weekend.
Louisiana Department of Education