New York state authorities are outsourcing data collection on school kids. The program, which is to be launched state-wide, is supposed to gather information on students starting from the age of five to better “tailor education” to the needs of children.
New York hired a non-profit private contractor inBloom, funded by the Bill Gates Foundation, as the gatekeeper of this data.
The student database called EngageNY, which is a strong proponent of Common Core, will be shared with InBloom’s “partners” prior to being released to other third parties.
EngageNY’s spokesman, Tom Dunn, announced “The full data set (names and addresses) will be shared securely with our partners about two months prior to the full release.” Yet the information will not be released to the public, just private third parties and government agencies.
Seven states have backed out of similar programs with inBloom due to privacy concerns. New York and Illinois are the only states currently working with the data-mining firm to better commoditize children.