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[Susan notes: This is published online in the hopes that some editor will see that school data collection is a topic worth looking at.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re: Dark Market for Personal Data: The White House and the US Department of Education hold yearly Datapalooza gatherings (their term), where datapreneurs sell their latest imperatives for data-driven education.

The US Department of Education and the National Governors Association have set up public school classrooms as data-collection centers--amassing information ranging from tardiness to test refusal to a parent's significant other. And this data will follow a kid FOREVER. Who's protecting the eight-year-olds' right to be secure in his person, papers, and effects?

Susan Ohanian

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