What Is The Deal With inBloom?

 We have such problems in the education system; the generalized tests, the large class sizes, and the fact that the students are left on the sidelines because they cannot get the personalized instruction they need. So what if a program was constructed that would help get your child the personalized education he or she needs? That would be great right? Well what if by getting the personalized programs you had to serve up all of your child's personal information on a virtual cloud managed by Amazon.com. Your child's grades, test scores, disciplinary and attendance records, ethnicity, economic status, disabilities, health conditions, and in some cases their social security number, hobbies, homework records, and pictures as well. Is it worth it then?

     New York State's Department of Education along with 8 other states (MA, LA, CO, IL, NC, GA, DE, KY) have agreed to start using a Gates Funded corporation called inBloom Inc to share this confidential student and teacher data to help better our children's future-only without the parents' say. What is even better is the inBloom holds no responsibility if this information is stolen. As stated in Section E of the inBloom privacy and security policy “inBloom, Inc and inBloom, Inc Contractors strive to keep inBloom and PII secure, and inBloom, Inc uses reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to do so, however, inBloom, Inc cannot guarantee the security of the information stored in inBloom or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted.”

     In reality inBloom is just a storage source, as they will not access any of the files except when asked or for maintenance. Accessing this information is still the school district and state educational legal responsibility as stated in the Introduction Section of the privacy and security policy. Basically it will be up to the schools who they give this information to, and where it is going is right in the hands of school program and materials entrepreneurs who can now make money building customized school related programs to our schools.

     Of course there are many predictions of positive projective outcomes with the release of this information, like digital dashboards recording the development of students, personalized programs for children with learning disabilities, and other unproven amazing outcomes. But what of the downfalls? Our child's lives in the educational world are going to be out there vulnerable to attack, and no one will be liable for it. We all have seen what happens to our information when in the wrong hands, heard the horror stories. Why set our kids up for this kind of virtual danger? Why oh why do parents not have a say as well or at least be able to be notified that this is something that will be happening in the future? I was given this information from a friend who does not want to be named so of course I had to find other sources to verify that this was actually happening, and I did. I found three articles. THREE, this has been unveiled in a conference in Texas, has already been implemented in some states for beta testing (I do NOT know if NY is one of them) and all I can find is three articles. To me that is a sign that this is NOT 

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Jan Kasal October 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Somehow the "Read more…" link could not locate the domain themommysguide.com. So, copy and paste. Scroll until you see the post headline "Release of …"
The Mommy's Guide! October 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Thanks @Jan! Here is the direct link. http://www.themommysguide.com/2013/10/release-of-our-childrens-confidental.html
dan November 05, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Hi MG Our communities will be discussing this issue. Malverne, Lynbrook, Valley Stream and more... The Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish center has donated the venue. 11/25 Monday 7:30-9:45 All residents, teachers, administrators and board of Ed members are invited to attend. Our speakers will be Jeanette Deuterman founder of Long Island opt out now. Dr Joe Rella Superintendent of schools (cimsewogue) Assemblyman Brian Curran- bill a7994 , Anthony Griffin Lace to the top, Marla Kilfoyle GM of BATS, Maria Calmia psychotherapist. We will send out more detailed info once everything is finalized. Ps good news ! southold Superintendent David Gamberg has sent a letter to InBloom CEO opting his district out if data mining . He was able to find a clause in the contract allowing districts to request their records be removed from the system. Let's hope other districts follow suit.
The Mommy's Guide! November 07, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Hi Dan! Wow thats great, If you want to email me directly the time and place I can post it on the site. Also if someone wants to do a guest post on what happeneding during the meeting I would love that as I cannot attend that day. Please email me directly at themommysguide( AT ) gmail.com! Thanks
Jan Kasal November 08, 2013 at 09:01 AM
You can find detailed information about the public meeting at http://k12ny.org/common-core-public-meeting/


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