Big information inside fight against Common Core: InBloom-peddling Jefferson County CO superintendent resigns tonight; school board severs ties with inBloom

November 08, 2013 0 Comments

As longtime veterans of the Common Core wars recognize, the battle isn’t simply regarding how Fed Ed’s so-called “standards” are susceptible to left-wing propagandizing.

The bigger fight has been up against the Big Government/Big Company machine infiltrating school districts from testing, textbook, plus technologies trojan horses. On this front, traditional, liberal, plus independent parents likewise have all united from the Common Core juggernaut as well as its invasive drive into student data/family confidentiality. And today, there’s big information from Jefferson County, Colorado tonight, where a leading edu-tech promoter has resigned from her post because superintendent as well as the school board has voted to sever ties with leading, Common Core-associated tech boondoggle, inBloom.

JeffCo parents told me tonight which JeffCo superintendent Cindy Stevenson amazed the school board along with her resignation. She had served inside the district for 12 years plus can leave June 20. I’ve furthermore learned which the school board voted to sever ties with inBloom. The importance of the abandonment can’t be underscored enough. JeffCo was Ground Zero for the Common Core/inBloom crowd. The Gates Foundation poured millions into the district for buy-in. Stevenson had been a poster child.

I’ve earlier said the movement inside Jefferson County, Colorado against inBloom, where Gates Foundation-supported superintendent Cynthia Stevenson garnered NY Times headlines for her embrace of Common Core-compliant information monitoring program inBloom.

The Blaze spotlighted parent activists Sunny Flynn plus Rachael Stickland’s fight last month.

News of the inBloom pilot system had been stirring inside the community for months before Flynn’s initially school board meeting. Rachael Stickland, whom has youngsters inside 3rd plus sixth level, mentioned she initially heard about the district’s relationship with inBloom inside January. After reading up about it, she became worried. Eventually, Stickland was capable to schedule a meeting with all the district’s superintendent, Cynthia Stevenson.

“My initial query before you even sat inside the seats was ‘has the board approved this?’” Stickland told TheBlaze. Stevenson mentioned no, noting it became a staff-level choice, according to Stickland. “It had been a red flag which [the school board was] not more inside the loop,” Stickland mentioned. “Boards are elected bodies for a cause.”

InBloom is a nonprofit which started because “Shared Learning Collaborative” with help within the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plus Carnegie Corporation of NY. The Gates Foundation offered help to the tune of $100 million.

According to inBloom’s website, it’s a software system which collects info plus assists teachers identify pupils whom could require additional attention, even directing educators towards understanding components for students’ particular requires.

…Disciplinary info was at 1 point to be gathered plus stored also. The choice to omit it — plus let parents to choose kids out — came just inside August following Stickland had been creating different parents aware of the system as well as the concerns surrounding its confidentiality for months.

…Common Core plus inBloom are not truly the only initiatives individuals like Flynn plus Stickland are worried regarding. Flynn pointed to recommended readings about inBloom’s website for example of what she worries are to come.

Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles, a paper by Digital Learning Then with help from Foundation for Excellence inside Education, that Flynn pointed out receives funding within the Gates Foundation, details development, like keystroke-logging equipment.

Even collecting info from student’s from school escapades, like mentorship or tutoring, DNL’s Data Backpack part reported is “neither Utopian neither Orwellian” because it might “further bolster the Learner Profile’s ability to present a holistic pic of the student over each stage inside a life of understanding.”

My past coverage of inBloom is here. As I wrote inside March:

Along with 2 dozen alternative tech companies, CompassLearning sees even better financial chances to mine Common Core student monitoring systems. The centralized database is a strange-bedfellows alliance amongst the liberal Bill plus Melinda Gates Foundation (that mostly underwrote plus promoted the Common Core curricular scheme) along with a division of traditional Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (that built the database infrastructure).

Another nonprofit business, “inBloom, Inc.,” has evolved from which partnership to work the database. The Gates Foundation plus alternative couples offered $100 million inside source income. Reuters reports which inBloom, Inc. might “likely commence to charge fees inside 2015″ to states plus school districts participating inside the program. “So far, 7 states — Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina plus Massachusetts — have committed to enter information from select school districts. Louisiana plus NY is entering most student records statewide.”

Grass-roots revolts inside each 1 of those states have been led by parents plus educators of all ideological stripes. The principles which unite them: neighborhood control, parental sovereignty, confidentiality protections, plus fundamental skepticism regarding the actual educational advantages of huge tech expenses inside the name of “reform.”

Message: Elections have consequences. Stevenson saw the composing found on the wall. Last week, 3 modern school board members (whom can today hold a majority) were elected inside Jefferson County. All 3 oppose inBloom.

Julie Williams, John Newkirk, plus Ken Witt earned decisively over their opponents about election day. The slate that dubbed themselves, “W-N-W”, usually have most control of the Jefferson County School Board.

The platforms presented by these individuals forced for more school choice for parents. That may imply more charter universities or choice universities.

The district is considering utilizing a information sharing system by the non-profit called InBloom to enable teachers instant access to info about pupils. Privacy plus safety are main concerns plus all 3 brand-new school board members are opposed to the system.

Common Core is a sleeper ballot box problem which may shake both sides of the aisle for months plus years to come. The Davids are exercising their freedoms of speech plus organization to beat back the deep-pocketed Goliaths at their schoolhouse doorways.

Parents over the country: This battle is earned.

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