This Week in Ed 8.10.18: Parents Testify at Student Data Privacy Subject Matter Hearing

Thanks to all of you who came out to the student-data privacy hearing this past Tuesday in the IL House Cybersecurity Committee! There were quite a few parents in attendance and several who testified. RYH Action pushed for this hearing because they have been trying to get a simple data privacy bill passed and have come up against serious opposition from the ed tech lobby and school management groups. We believe parents have a right to know what data is being collected on our children, how it’s being used, and the ability to correct it if it’s wrong, and we don’t think tech companies should be able to profit by selling our kids’ data to entities for marketing purposes. We also think stronger protections are needed to secure our students’ data. These are just some of the data privacy issues that we’re trying to bring to light.

You can view videos of from the hearing here on the Raise Your Hand Action YouTube channel. RYHA Co Executive Director, Cassie Creswell, testified about data breaches and treatment of parents who question if their child’s data is secure or not. She also pressed the Committee to pass a bill with specific policy areas within it. The parent panel shared ways their own child’s data and privacy had been violated within CPS. Shawn Davis, IIT professor and Director of Digital Forensics at Edelson PC, broke down the ways student data is at risk. His testimony was very eye opening and we encourage you to watch the video. We also have video of the entire hearing which lasted a little over 3 hours.


You can read our background piece on why we need better student data protection here.


Press coverage of the hearing:
NPR Illinois: Lawmakers Looking At How Public Schools Handle Private Data

Illinois News Network: Lawmakers, parents raise questions about student privacy at Illinois schools

The Daily Line: Morning briefing — Lawmakers mull tougher school data security standards after CPS data breach; New law seeks more information to apply for Lyft, Uber


Some related reading:

Ed Week: Students With Disabilities Sue ACT Over Release of Personal Information


Save the Date for our annual fundraiser!

RYH’s Annual Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

5:30 - 8:30 pm

In “the Basement” at Lagunitas Brewery, 2607 W 17th St


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Chalkbeat Chicago: Police reform could have a big impact on Chicago schools

Chicago Tribune: Letter: CPS must do more to support students with disabilities

Chalkbeat Chicago: Trauma can make it hard for kids to learn. Here’s how teachers learn to deal with that.

Slate: It’s a Big Deal That LeBron James Decided to Fund a Public School


Upcoming events

⟹ Schools for Racial Equity Summit hosted by Chicago United for Equity (CUE), Generation All, and Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Flyer here.

Saturday, August 18

9:30am - 2pm

National Teachers Academy, 55 W Cermak

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Public Newsroom 75: How Should We Report On Education? hosted by City Bureau and Chalkbeat Chicago.

Thursday, August 23

6 - 8pm

Mikva Challenge Offices, 200 S. Michigan, Room 1060

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