Sunday, January 10, 2016

Please help us put a stop to the new Gates-funded state plan to collect and share personal student data!

Please send your own letter to the Commissioner, the Regents and Legislative leaders to halt this new student data collection and disclosure project by clicking here.  Thanks!

Class Size Matters, the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and NYS Allies for Public Education on Friday wrote Commissioner Elia and the Board of Regents, urging them to put a stop to the new Gates-funded data collection plan until there is more transparency concerning what personally identifiable student and teacher information will be collected, why they are needed, with whom the data will be shared, how they will be stored, and what their ultimate disposition will be, as well as why aggregate anonymous student data is not sufficient.

In addition, the 2014 student privacy law must be fully enforced, including the appointment of a permanent Chief Privacy Officer with expertise in privacy issues, who will develop a Parent Bill of Rights with parent input -- as the law says should have happened by July 29, 2014.

There must also be a Stakeholder Advisory Board with representation from parent and privacy organizations to oversee the collection and disposition of personal student data in the NY State's Student Longitudinal Database, including assurances that this data will never be placed in the State Archives, as the state currently plans.

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