Leonie Haimson reports that Chicago has pulled out of inBloom, the massive data collection project funded by the aGates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation.

Leonie has been the key figure nationally in alerting parents, educators, officials, and the media to the plans of inBloom to collect hundreds of points of data about children, using software developed by Rupert Murdoch’s Wireless Generation, and stored on a “cloud” managed by amazon.com, with no guarantee that this personal and identifiable information cannot be hacked or sold to marketers.

New York is now the only state that continues to collaborate fully in sharing confidential student data with inBloom. State officials take an almost incomprehensible glee in their insistence that no one can stop them. I have no doubt that Leonie Haimson, champion of children, will beat them all: Gates, Carnegie, Murdoch, Bezos, and the New York State Education Department.

As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Leonie proves that Mead was right.