If you live in NewYork, contact your elected state officials. If you don’t, find a state legislator to introduce similar legislation. Our children’s personal data must not be released to inBloom (Gates and Murdoch) to give or sell to marketing corporations.

Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters reports:

Great news! on Wednesday, Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell introduced a bill, A6059, to protect student privacy that would block the NY State Education Department and DOE from sharing our children’s confidential personally identifiable data with corporations without parental consent.

Please call your Assemblymember today and ask him or her to co-sponsor this bill, A6059, to Protect Student Privacy. Contact information for your Assemblymember can be found here; just plug in your address here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search Tell him or her that children’s personal data should not be shared with third party corporations without parental consent.

Our press conference on the steps of Tweed yesterday morning was terrific. Among those who spoke out against this reckless and outrageous plan to distribute our children’s highly sensitive information without parental consent included civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, Council Members Steve Levin, Tish James, and Daniel Dromm, and Tom Allon. Here is an article in the Daily News about this outrageous plan; here is my accompanying oped.

Other newsclips from our press conference are from Schoolbook/WNYC, CBS News, AP , Politics 365, and a follow-up from the Daily News about the O’Donnell bill.

Parents Tory Frye, Karen Sprowal, Molly Sackler, and Lisa Shaw were among the fifty or so parents who attended, and they expressed their personal outrage that their children’s names, grades, emails, phone numbers, test scores, health, special education and disciplinary records could be so recklessly shared, without even consulting them about it. We also showed how all this data is being provided to for-profit vendors, with no thought of how this could leak out, stigmatize and endanger our children’s privacy and their success for years to come.

Our press release, with quotes from many other elected and public officials, including Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio, is posted on our blog here: http://shar.es/ecV4P

But please contact your Assemblymember today! And share this message with others who care.