Last week I had a terrific two days in Chicago, helping parents and advocates inform the media and the general public about Illinois' irisky involvement in inBloom Inc. Along with activist parents groups PURE and More than a Score, and the Chicago teachers union, we briefed the editorial boards of the Chicago Sun-Times and Tribune about the need to protect student privacy and to defend against the mass disclosure of personal data that this project represents. I had meetings with the CTU staff, who are pushing the envelope on this and many other issues, and on Friday, I testified before the Illinois State Board of Education.
Sadly, the ISBE members said they had no idea what inBloom was -- and appeared completely unaware of the huge financial risks of data breaches, or that Illinois and NY remain the only two states in this highly controversial project, now that seven other states have dropped out. On Thursday night, I spoke at a parent forum about inBloom, sponsored by More than a Score; a well-edited video of my presentation is posted here and below.