Opt out letter for New York State parents who do not want their child’s confidential information shared with private corporations
New York State and NYC, along with 8 other states (MA, LA, CO, IL, NC, GA, DE, KY) and more on the way, have agreed to share confidential student and teacher data with a Gates-funded organization called inBloom, Inc. So far, Reuters, the NY Daily News, Hechinger Report, Politics 365, and The Denver Post have all reported on this topic.
Email the following opt-out letter to NYS Education Commissioner John King, with a copy to other state officials, demanding that your child’s confidential educational records NOT be shared with ANY third parties. The opt-out information is also available as a downloadable word document, here.
CC: DMWalcott@schools.nyc.gov, email@example.com, RegentsOffice@mail.nysed.gov , Eric.Schneiderman@ag.ny.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Opting out of sharing my child’s data
Dear Commissioner King: As a parent, I was appalled to learn, as a Reuters article confirms, that the NY State Education Department is planning to share the most private, confidential data of my child and all NYS public school students with a corporation called inBloom Inc., that will store this highly sensitive information on a vulnerable data cloud and disclose it to for-profit vendors.
This data will include children’s personally identifiable information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, grades, test scores, detailed disciplinary records, health conditions, special education and economic status.
inBloom Inc. has already stated that it “cannot guarantee the security of the information stored…or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted.” All this is happening without parental notification or consent.
I hereby OPT my child’s data out of this plan, and demand that you do NOT disclose any of my child’s personally identifiable educational records with ANY third party, including the Gates Foundation, inBloom Inc. or ANY other private entity or corporation.
I DO NOT give my consent. Instead, I urge you to hold public hearings in NYC and throughout the state to explain the purpose of this project, offer all New York parents the right to consent, and inform the public who will be legally and financially responsible if this highly sensitive data leaks out or is used in an unauthorized fashion. I expect to hear back from you immediately as to whether you will honor my request to withhold my child’s private and confidential educational records.
If not, I will call your office until you do so. I am outraged at this plan which not only violates every ethical standard, but also your commitment as the state’s highest educational official to protect my child from harm.
Yours, [NAME & FULL ADDRESS];
Parent of [CHILD”S NAME, grade, school, town or borough]
If you do not hear back, follow up with a phone call to King’s office: (518) 474-5844.
Also call Regents head Merryl Tisch at (518) 474-5889 and Assembly Speaker Silver, who is in charge of appointing the Board of Regents who appoint the NYS Education Commissioner: (212) 312-1423 or (518) 455-3791.
And please keep us in the loop at firstname.lastname@example.org as to what responses you receive. Thanks!