Monday, April 29, 2013, advocates and elected officials held a Town hall meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall about the state and city plan to share personally identifiable student information with inBloom inc. and other third party vendors.
About 150 people showed up, including two Regents (Regent Kathleen Cashin of Brooklyn and Regent Betty Rosa of the Bronx), and two representatives from the State Education Department (Dennis Tompkins, Chief of External Affairs and Nicolas Storelli-Castro, Director of Governmental Relations), who listened to the presentations and the passionate objections of parents. Adina Lopatin, Deputy Chief Academic Officer of NYC DOE spoke and answered questions. Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters gave a presentation about inBloom and DOE provided a FAQ. Unfortunately, inBloom and the Gates Foundation refused invitations to attend.
See a flier for the event here: classsizematters.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Privacy-Town-Hall-Mtg-4-29-134.pdf
Steven Boese - Learning Disabilities Association of New York State.
Leonie Haimson -Class Size Matters
Adina Lopatin- Deputy Chief Academic Officer of NYC DOE
Tesa Wilson - Community Education Council District 14
Jaye Bea Smalley --CCSE
Brooklyn Parent Academy, Assemblymembers Danny O'Donnell, James Brennan, William Colton; NYS Senators Liz Krueger and Martin Golden; NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, NYC Council Education Chair Robert Jackson, Council Members Gale Brewer and Leticia James; Class Size Matters; the Learning Disabilities Association of NY, Community Education Councils of Districts 1, 3, 13, 14, 15, 20, 22 and the Citywide Council for Special Education, Alliance for Quality Education, Coaition for Educational Justice, and Urban Youth Collaborative.
For more information visit classsizematters.org.