Leonie Haimson leads Class Size Matters and is a key founder of Parents Across America. These are two excellent parents' groups who fight for public schools. Leonie led the fight against InBloom, the Gates Foundation funded data gathering firm that wanted to collect data from students for no legitimate reason.
Yesterday, Leonie released a statement over at the NYC Public School Parents' Blog, and in other places, touting the end of InBloom.
The demise of InBloom is good news. Leonie describes InBloom's goal succinctly:
InBloom was not designed to protect student privacy but the opposite: to facilitate the sharing of children’s personal and very sensitive information with data-mining vendors, with no attention paid to the need for parental notification or consent, and this is something that parents will not stand for.
Public education defenders have seen so many defeats over the last decade so it's refreshing to have a real victory every now and then.
Unfortunately, the corporate education privatizers will most likely just take their money elsewhere in the education world to continue to harm our schools, our kids, our teachers and our nation.