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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:22 PM

 

ACLU involved v. MA Ed Dept Bid to Turn Over Student and Teacher Records to Corporations

Letter from ACLU to MA BESE:

February 5, 2013
Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

Dear Board Members,

It has come to our attention that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education intends to share confidential student and teacher data with the Gates Foundation, as part of its Shared Learning Collaborative, consisting of personally identifiable information including student names, test scores, grades, disciplinary and attendance records, and most likely, special education needs, economic status, and racial identity as well.

The Gates Foundation is building a national “data store” of such information, and intends to hand all this information to a new, separate corporation, which in turn plans to make it available to commercial vendors to help them develop and market their “learning products.” The operating system of this “data store” is being built by Wireless Generation, a subsidiary of the News Corporation, which has been investigated for violating the privacy of individuals both here in the United States and in Great Britain.

The Foundation has stated that this new corporation, inBloom, will be financially sustainable and independent of philanthropic support by 2016, meaning that states, districts, and/or vendors will likely have to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the “data store,” which is to be placed on a cloud run by Amazon.com. Of particular concern, inBloom has stated that it “cannot guarantee the security of the information stored in inBloom or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted” to third party vendors.”

We have grave concerns about this unprecedented plan to disclose highly sensitive information with private entities...

http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2013/02/stopping-ma-dese-from-turning-over.html

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Reply ACLU involved v. MA Ed Dept Bid to Turn Over Student and Teacher Records to Corporations (Original post)
HiPointDem Feb 2013 OP
Jefferson23 Feb 2013 #1
Catherina Feb 2013 #2
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #3
Squinch Feb 2013 #4
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #5
upi402 Feb 2013 #6
Jefferson23 Feb 2013 #7
LWolf Feb 2013 #8
xchrom Feb 2013 #9
Lordquinton Feb 2013 #10
sulphurdunn Feb 2013 #11
madfloridian Feb 2013 #12
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #13
Jefferson23 Feb 2013 #14

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:25 PM

1. Damn, this is nuts and very important to keep watch on.

Thank goodness for the ACLU.

K&R

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:26 PM

2. WTF n/t

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:36 PM

3. Fuck that!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:46 PM

4. How about if we put together a database of all the paperwork of all the employees of

The Gates Foundation, place it on a cloud and let it be intercepted by whomever. You know, so we can develop "learning products" for them.

Let's include each employee's medical information too.

This is really Orwellian.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:49 PM

5. Good idea.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:51 PM

6. absolutely everyone should join the ACLU

Defending the Bill of Rights has become unpatriotic in the former America...?
go figure.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:59 PM

7. kick n/t

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:02 PM

8. Thank you, ACLU. nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:25 PM

9. Du rec. Nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:29 PM

10. If people like Gates paid their taxes

we wouldn't bee looking at philanthropic groups to make our public schools work. So tired of con artists ignoring their civic duty then demanding praise for donating small portions of that cash to fund things in a way that pays out for them.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:30 PM

11. At some point

it must become clear to even the most obtuse minds what the billionaire social engineers have in store for us.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:59 PM

12. Also NY and 7 other states. Link.

NY will share students' private info with company part of Murdoch's News Corp.

Wireless Generation is Murdoch's company, or was.

Parents beware NY and eight other states plan to share your child’s confidential school records
with a group funded by Gates Foundation.


The data to be shared will include the names of students, their grades, test scores, disciplinary and attendance records, and likely race, ethnicity, free lunch and special education status as well.

These records are to be stored in a massive electronic data bank, being built by Wireless Generation, a subsidiary of News Corporation. News Corporation is owned by Rupert Murdoch and has been found to illegally violate the privacy of individuals in Great Britain and in the United States.



Yes, Wireless Generation is part of Murdoch's empire.

Over the next few months, the Gates Foundation plans to turn over all this personal data to another, as yet unnamed corporation, headed by Iwan Streichenberger, the former marketing director of a company called Promethean that sells whiteboards, based in Atlanta GA.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 03:27 AM

13. and eventually all states, if bill & rupert get their way.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:25 AM

14. Kick, this over reach makes my blood boil. n/t

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