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  1. From Politico at http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/internet-data-mining-children-107461

    “…..Promoted by the Obama administration, the databases are being built in nearly every state at a total cost of well over $1 billion. They are intended to store intimate details on tens of millions of children and young adults — identified by name, birth date, address and even, in some cases, Social Security number — to help officials pinpoint the education system’s strengths and weaknesses and craft public policy accordingly.

    ( Also on POLITICO: The big biz of spying on little kids)
    The Education Department lists hundreds of questions that it urges states to answer about each child in the public school system: Did she make friends easily as a toddler? Was he disciplined for fighting as a teen? Did he take geometry? Does she suffer from mental illness? Did he go to college? Did he graduate? How much does he earn?
    “Every parent I’ve talked to has been horrified,” said Leonie Haimson, a New York mother who is organizing a national Parent Coalition for Student Privacy. “We just don’t want our kids tracked from cradle to grave.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/internet-data-mining-children-107461#ixzz3x4Z7C8TC

  2. This superintendent continues to try our patience by offering solutions to questions that no one is asking. Now his unpopular choice for High School principal thinks we need dogs to calm our students down. That combined with a rubber stamp school board (with the exception of Ted) confirms the taxpayers need to take back control. You have to love the five dollar words being used to describe 10 cent terms so prevalent in the literal dog and pony shows we are treated to when these folks get up to speak.

    • Mr. Troxel, could you please provide information regarding high school students needing dogs to calm them? I am aware of a recent Croya event that had therapy dogs during finals week for students to visit with. Is this what you are referring to?
      Also, Dr Holland was and is a popular choice for principal in my circle.

  3. Thank you, Jennifer for bringing this to light. Yet another privacy concern for our children’s data. I would encourage all parents to follow this issue. I further encourage D115 Administration and Board of Ed to fully disclose what data is being collected and disseminated about our children.

  4. Regarding the newly proposed (and totally discretionary) large-scale data collection on our children, one of two things could be true: (a) it is harmful, or (b) it is innocuous. I would propose two adjustments to this process, which would encompass both possibilities, given that it is difficult to understand in advance which possibility is true. Let’s say this is harmful and an invasion-of-privacy, then parents should be able to opt-out of this invasive, non-educational data-gathering exercise. On the other hand, let’s say this exercise is completely innocuous, then Board of Education members and the district’s senior administrative staff should also be subjects in this “granular” data-exercise experiment whereby records are kept at the “personal identifier” level.

    Sincerely yours, Hilary F. Till, B.A. with General Honors (in Statistics), University of Chicago; and M.Sc. (in Statistics), London School of Economics

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