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File #: Res 1768-2013    Version: Name: Protect student privacy by prohibiting the release of personally identifiable student information without consent. (A.6059-A/S.5932)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 5/22/2013
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, A.6059-A/S.5932, legislation that would protect student privacy by prohibiting the release of personally identifiable student information without consent.
Sponsors: Gale A. Brewer, Robert Jackson, Brad S. Lander, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Charles Barron, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Mathieu Eugene, Vincent J. Gentile, Letitia James, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Deborah L. Rose, Jumaane D. Williams, Ruben Wills, Mark S. Weprin, James F. Gennaro, James G. Van Bramer, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.
Council Member Sponsors: 21
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 1768 - 5/22/13, 2. Committee Report 9/30/13, 3. Hearing Testimony 9/30/13, 4. Hearing Transcript 9/30/13, 5. Committee Report 10/30/13, 6. Hearing Transcript 10/30/13, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-30-13
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
10/30/2013AGale A. Brewer City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2013*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2013*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Education Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2013*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Education Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2013AGale A. Brewer Committee on Education Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/2013*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/2013*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Education Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/2013*Gale A. Brewer Committee on Education Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/22/2013*Gale A. Brewer City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/22/2013*Gale A. Brewer City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1768-A
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, A.6059-A/S.5932, legislation that would protect student privacy by prohibiting the release of personally identifiable student information without consent.
 
 
By Council Members Brewer, Jackson, Lander, Arroyo, Barron, Chin, Comrie, Dickens, Dromm, Eugene, Gentile, James, Mark-Viverito, Palma, Rose, Williams, Wills, Weprin, Gennaro, Van Bramer and Recchia
Whereas, The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has partnered with inBloom Inc., a nonprofit provider of technology services that allows states and public school districts to integrate student data and third-party applications;
Whereas, According to NYSED's website, the purpose of this partnership is to assist in creating an education data portal to provide educators, students and families with "high quality data tools and educational content to support our schools in delivering excellent instruction while transitioning to the Common Core; "and
Whereas, The data is intended to be used to chart individualized progress made by students and also to be used by third parties such as commercial vendors, to solicit families based on a child's academic needs; and
Whereas, Some parents and advocates have expressed concern about using students' information in this manner; and
Whereas, In addition, numerous concerns have been raised about privacy and the system's ability to protect this data once stored in cyberspace; and
Whereas, It has been reported that inBloom, Inc. has stated that it cannot guarantee the security of the information stored or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted; and
Whereas, Furthermore, it has been noted that many parents are not even aware of these plans; and
Whereas, Due in part to these concerns, legislation has been introduced in both houses of the New York State Legislature; and
Whereas, This legislation, A.6059-A/S.5932, would protect student privacy by prohibiting the re-disclosure of personally identifiable information about individual students to third parties unless there is parental consent, or a student who is 18 years of age or older consents, or unless certain exceptions apply; and
Whereas, While it is understandable that technology will continue to play a larger role in all aspects of education including administratively, it is imperative that families have a voice in how this is done; and
Whereas, Until more information is known about this process, the NYSED should refrain from moving forward with current plans with inBloom, Inc.; and
Whereas, Student information should be guarded fervently and shared sparingly and only when in the best interest of the student and his/her family; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, A.6059-A/S.5932, legislation that would protect student privacy by prohibiting the release of personally identifiable student information without consent.
JP/JA
9/26/13
LS#4609, 4626, 4683