Dear Commons Community,
Following on the heels of one school district on Long Island, more than 20 districts in the Lower Hudson Valley have pulled out of New York’s participation in the federal Race to the Top initiative, hoping that doing so will allow them to withhold certain data. As reported in The Journal News:
“Since the state has said that this strategy will not work, districts are now writing to inBloom directly and requesting that their student records be deleted. Local superintendents adopted a document Friday outlining their concerns, including a model letter to inBloom stating that the company’s contract with New York state allows districts to request that their data be erased. If inBloom is unwilling to do so, the letter says, “you should immediately notify us so that we can consider next steps.”
inBloom is the corporation funded by the Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation ($100 million from Gates) to collect personal, identifiable student data. The software was created by Wireless Generation, part of Joel Klein’s Amplify, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. The data will be stored on a “cloud” managed by amazon.com.”
The New York State Department of Education appears to be in deep trouble trying to stem a growing rebellion by parents and school districts against its reform policies.