- Barbara Byrd-BennettCEO, Chicago Public Schools
- Gery ChicoIL State Board of Education
- David Vitale (President, Chicago Board of Education)President, Chicago Board of Education
- Brandon Williams (Illinois Shared Learning Environment)Illinois Shared Learning Environment
Illinois school boards: Don't share private student data
School districts across Illinois are poised to upload sensitive student information to the InBloom/ILSE database in order to share it with for-profit, third-party vendors. We oppose the creation of this database until parents are informed of the process and give their consent for their children's data to be shared. For more background on this issue please visit http://morethanascorechicago.org/data-privacy/
- CEO, Chicago Public Schools
- IL State Board of Education
- President, Chicago Board of Education
David Vitale (President, Chicago Board of Education)
- Illinois Shared Learning Environment
Brandon Williams (Illinois Shared Learning Environment)
We oppose the disclosure of confidential student information to inBloom, Inc. and the Illinois Shared Learning Environment by any Illinois school district or the Illinois State Board of Education.
This highly sensitive information, which will include students’ names, addresses, test scores, grades, attendance, economic, health and special education status, and detailed disciplinary records, will be stored in a vulnerable “data cloud” and made available to third-party vendors, to help for-profit companies develop and market their learning products. This unprecedented sharing of children’s confidential information is scheduled to occur during the 2013-2014 school year.
There are huge risks involved in this violation of our children’s privacy, including potential data leaks. Teachers' privacy is also at stake, with sensitive employment and performance information potentially disclosed to third party vendors. Until the school district and/or state holds public hearings to fully explain the purpose of this project, the safeguards that will be put in place, and provides parents and teachers with the right to consent, this unethical disclosure of confidential data must not be allowed to proceed.
We urge our local boards of education and the Illinois State Board of Education to reconsider CPS participation in the IL Shared Learning Environment/InBloom altogether. Our children's education deserves to be treated as more than just data points to be collected. Parents need to have full control and knowledge of what data is being collected about their children and with whom it is being shared.
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