Created: Wednesday, 27 November 2013 13:20
According to the report, the members of the Assembly Education Committee spent a day questioning state education officials about the data gathering. They were told that the data collected “would include student test scores, attendance records, discipline history, health, ethnicity and other information.”
As if that weren’t bad enough, inBloom (the Atlanta-based nonprofit that the state has given the task of gathering and storing the data) decided not to send a representative to the hearing. This only seemed to rile those in attendance even more.
Lawmakers rightfully expressed concern about how the information will be used and protected from hackers. The answers given by Educational Commissioner John King were not reassuring. Parents, teachers, and legislators have a right to be concerned about how “Big Brother” is watching Empire State students, and how that data may be used.