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Letters To The Editor

March 31, 2014

Letters to the Editor: March 31, 2014

PHS social

TO THE EDITOR: We couldn’t have done it without you.

We couldn’t have pulled off our Plattsburgh High School Ice Cream Social without the generous support of Stewart’s, Price Chopper and the Ground Round.

We couldn’t have done it without help from the PHS secretaries, cafeteria and custodial staff.

We couldn’t have done it without our parents’ time, talents and toppings.

Our Ice Cream Social was a great success, and we thank you all very much. We couldn’t have done it without you.

LORI KEEVER

PHS Ice Cream Social coordinator

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Student information

TO THE EDITOR: InBloom, the data-mining system that will collect and store hundreds of pieces of information about every student who enters public education, is a well-kept secret that has the potential to bring great harm to children and families in New York state.

InBloom will store personal and academic information about students and their families in a computer cloud and will make that information available to private companies who are in business to make large profits based on that information. Parents and families have nothing to say about this; the state is doing this without parental permission.

There are no guarantees that the data will be stored safely; just ask those who shopped at Target and had their financial data stolen.

Student data that will be taken includes student health records, disciplinary records, test scores and other assessments, parental income data, immigration records and more — up to 400 pieces of data on each child.

The information will be stored until high-school graduation and then will be moved to the New York state archives for at least eight more years. It is not clear who will have access to it there.

There are laws that protect the privacy of student data, especially data related to health records and family data, but the state is going ahead with inBloom in seeming violation of those privacy laws.

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