Students' Info Should Not be Shared

Lauren Williams's picture
Monday, May 6, 2013

Parents raised the alarm when they learned the state Department of Education had provided confidential student data to a nonprofit company called inBloom Inc.

Education Superintendent John White said he would withdraw Louisiana student information from the nonprofit database just two days after he assured Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members that the data was safe and could not be distributed without DOE approval.

White told BESE members that the inBloom Inc. database was only a “garage” for storing information.

“We are storing our data in a database no different from putting a car in parking garage,” he said. In an email to The (Monroe) News-Star, White said that “the only student info we are storing in this garage: local student ID, first name, last name, gender, date of birth, ethnicity and race.”

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