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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 they use
the data only for the purposes spelled out in their contracts.
“Once this information gets out there, it’s going to be abused. There’s no doubt in my mind,”
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.
Originally posted by grey580
reply to post by burntheships
Why do they need social security numbers is my question?
Originally posted by Daughter2
It's to create a nice database of all humans.
Originally posted by stirling
Bill and Melinda back the doomsday vault, african innoculations, all kinds of stuff thats dual purpose in my books...
Originally posted by Markive
It nearly sounds to far fetched to be even real...