posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 10:45 AM
Just reported on Rueters News, this $100 million database has only been "visible" for three months
now, while the data input began 18 months ago...and already holds information on millions of children
K -12 grade, comprised of names, addresses, including S.S. numbers, and further data is added about hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school
and homework completion.
The database includes test scores and attendance as well as learning disabilities, supposedly
collected as a way to profle children, in cooperation with School Districts. This information is
then stored, and provides a detailed view of students' educational experiences.
Legal rights to this information go to local education officials, who will be able to share files with
private companies that sell educational products and services, and may begin
to sell this information in 2015.
This is postively Orwelllian, and seems wrong on many levels. What is highly disconcerting
is this information has been collected without the consent or knowledge of the parents or the students.
Schools do not need parental consent to share student records with any “school official” who has a “legitimate educational interest,”
according to the US Department of Education. The department defines “school official” to include private companies hired by the school, so long as
the data only for the purposes spelled out in their contracts.
That’s hardly reassuring to many parents.
“Once this information gets out there, it’s going to be abused. There’s no doubt in my mind,”
one of the parents said. Well, he is right.
The database is a joint project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided most of the funding, the Carnegie Corporation of New York
and school officials from several states. Amplify Education, a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, built the infrastructure over the past 18
months. When it was ready, the Gates Foundation turned the database over to a newly created nonprofit, inBloom Inc, which will run it.
States and school districts can choose whether they want to input their student records into the
system; the service is free for now, though inBloom officials say they will likely start to
charge fees in 2015. So far seven states; Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky,
North Carolina, and Massachusetts have committed to enter data from select school districts.
Louisiana and New York will be entering nearly all student records statewide.
Welcome to 1984!
edit on 5-3-2013 by burntheships because: (no reason given)