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[Susan notes: I tried adding bio information that I'm the

author of What Happened to Recess? and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten? and a Fellow, National Education Policy Center.

This did no good.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

The headline Bill Would Limit Use of Student Data (March 23) is misleading. As Natasha Singer indicates in her informative article, the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act doesn't put much of a brake on companies' penchant for collecting very personal information from students and selling it.

Parents who put their trust in schools and allow this massive invasion of privacy should realize that at least 83.45% of the information schools now collect for the testing industry has no classroom benefit whatsoever.

So the real question becomes Who benefits?

Susan Ohanian

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