Big record-keeping changes are coming to schools across the state.
Under a new plan, public schools will be required to send student data, such as grades and attendance records, to a cloud-based data storage company sometime after the new year.
New York is the first state to make a full commitment to the program created by the Atlanta-based InBloom.
A number of states flirted with using the program, but withdrew.
The initiative has come under fire from parents, who fear that the data will not be secure and could be sold to marketers.
The New York State Department of Education says that the data will be accessible only to parents and educators via the internet.
I love that last line - like nobody who isn't supposed to access stuff on the Internets ever gets that access without permission.
Governor Cuomo is trying to distance himself from the state's education reform agenda, from the Common Core "national curriculum" to the Endless Testing regime imposed by the Regents to the forced data collection imposed by the NYSED, but he cannot escape his accountability measures.
APPR, Common Core reforms, inBloom - all are Cuomo policies, all have his fingerprints all over them whether he wants to admit to it or not.
We will NOT let him get away with distancing himself from his own reform agenda.
Andrew Cuomo must be held accountable for the education policies he has promoted since he was elected governor.
Looking at his plummeting job performance ratings, he's already taking a bit of a hit.
But that's not good enough.
Give Cuomo a call, send him an email, let him know you intend to hold him accountable for inBloom, APPR, Common Core and let him know how you'll be telling all your family and friends over the holidays how these are Andrew Cuomo's policies, how Cuomo MUST be held accountable next November for these crimes against children, teachers and schools.
You may also contact the Governor's office by phone (518) 474-8390 or mail:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224