The explosion in student data mining poses great risks to the safety, privacy, and civil liberties of children and families.
Who is collecting student and teacher data? Who can get it? What are the risks? What has changed? What is FERPA? How have other states acted to increase data protections? What can parents, legislators, educators, and local communities do?
Come learn the answers to these questions and more at a CEA organized informational forum in Hartford at the Legislative Office Building in room 1E on Thursday, January 21, from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg spoke with several reporters today about the data breech, including Channel 3’s Susan Raff.
The Hamden School District’s disclosure of personally identifiable student data—without the knowledge of parents or students—to an education industry group should be a lightning rod for legislative action on HB 7017, An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy.
“School districts must safeguard children’s privacy, and they should never leave students and families in the dark when it comes to sharing sensitive student data,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen.
She added, “The state legislature must not allow corporations to download and take ownership of sensitive and confidential student information for potential commercial use. This is not in the best interests of children, schools, and families.”
The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER), an organization governed by corporate and industry officials, entered into an agreement with Hamden school administrators to secure personally identifiable student records. The agreement entitles CCER to own the student data and share it with subcontractors who have the capacity to commercialize the data. Read more