|Illinois State Superintendent Chris Koch|
Some back story: Last Thursday night, November 21, I was an invited to speak at a forum on student privacy in Chicago, hosted by the Chicago Teachers Union and several activist parent groups, including More than a Score and PURE; see the video of my presentation here. Unknown to me at the time, the Illinois state official who is heading the inBloom project, a man named Brandon Williams, was in the audience.
Earlier that day, I had been part of a parent and teacher group which had briefed the editors of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times about inBloom. At these meetings, both sets of editors appeared seriously concerned about the vast privacy and security implications of the project. Yet only one article had appeared in the Chicago press about this issue at that point, also in the Sun Times, two days before.
|Commissioner John King and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch|
Despite this growing fury, the Commissioner continues to insist that even without the support of school boards, even if districts decide to return their RTTT funds as more than thirty have now done, even without the consent of parents, he will share an entire statewide data set with inBloom, including their student disciplinary and health data, and more specifically their suspension records, disabilities and 504 diagnoses.