New Orleans student Social Security numbers found on auctioned-off laptopsAnd here's the rest of Susan's report.
It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your child's Social Security number is?
Could a school name be more appropriate: Future is Now. They've put kids' data is at risk NOW.
New Orleans, the nation's first all-charter school district, named the Recovery School District (RSD), reported about 1 1/2 years ago that an audit revealed $2.7 million in RSD property was missing--"things like computers and equipment." Superintendent Patrick Dobard said that the audit's finding was misleading, that "70 percent of the items listed as missing have incorrect location codes -- but are still present in schools."
Complete with student data.
When the Future is Now (formerly known as Green Dot America), operated by Steve Barr, took over an historic New Orleans school in 2012 (See Ed Week's version: Steve Barr's Quest to Save a New Orleans High School) it received $800,000 in start-up funding, which Barr promised to use for iPads. When the school shut down just two years later, all the teachers lost their jobs and all the students had to find new schools. Barr attributed this to "supply and demand"--just not enough students to make it profitable. Nobody is saying where the iPads are.
Or the student Social Security numbers.
Answering the Where Is He Now? question, on July 30, 2014, California Democrats for Education Reform announced that with their chair Steve Barr they're going to create a political consensus to reform education. No New Orleans teachers need apply.
Footnote: New Orleans Superintendent Patrick Dobard is a Broad Institute alumnus and the district is featured in a Broad Spotlight, December 2012, calling "the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are one of the most vibrant communities for education reform."
But where is that student data?
by Danielle Dreilinger
State officials announced Friday that the Social Security numbers, names and birthdates of 210 students were left on at least two laptops sold at auction Oct. 11. Those laptops were surplus equipment from the Future Is Now charter group sold after the organization ended its program at John McDonogh High in New Orleans..... more on this
I so enjoyed the New York Times 'correction' today that I posted it on Twitter: Bermuda is 670 miles EAST of NC, not WEST.
Thank you for sharing this geography slip-up, NYT. When will you correct worse education errors?
Reminder: The opt out billboard campaign in Colorado needs your donation. This venerable annual campaign urging parents to opt out of the standardized test is truly grassroots, and it is moving--steady increase in opt outs. Be part of the revolution. Send $5 to:
Coalition for Better Education
2424 22nd Ave.
Greeley, CO 80631-8154
This campaign is spearheaded by Don Perl, the first teacher in the country to refuse to give Colorado's test--in 2001. Here's how the Denver Post reported it back then: http://www.substancenews.net/
This New Yorker cartoon cuts to the bone: http://susanohanian.org/show_
We are destroying a generation's possibility for encountering school happenings that inspire a love of learning.
Here's a reprise of a golden oldie: http://susanohanian.org/show_
And this page has three more.
Monday is cooking day at the Senior Center. Last minute cancellation from my dessert maker. No problem. I just turned 15 pounds of apples into applesauce and I've got 70 slices of bread getting stale. They should be ready by Monday for applesauce bread pudding. Tomorrow I'll soak the black beans for pumpkin black bean curry soup.
After looking into what Steve Barr is up to these days, I need the applesauce and pumpkin to keep me sane. You may think that you're far removed from what happens in New Orleans and Los Angeles.
You're wrong. Read on to find out why.
New Orleans student Social Security numbers found on auctioned-off laptops
Danielle Dreilinger with Ohanian comment
New Orleans Times-Picayune
It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your child's school has put his Social Security number?
Big Doubts About Big Data
Chronicle of Higher Education
Big Data is a bandwagon term that everyone needs to talk about to show that they can play the game
Jump that Bar; Lift that Bale
The Duncan communications chief has a new job but he's sticking to the old metaphors.
To the editor
New York Times
This is published online in the hopes that some editor will see that school data collection is a topic worth looking at.
Tech jobs: Minorities have degrees, but don't get hired
Elizabeth Weise and Jessica Guynn
Top universities turn out black and Hispanic computer science and computer engineering graduates at twice the rate that leading technology companies hire them, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
Deasy's Gone: Two Newspapers Tell the Tale
Editorial and Ohanian Comment
Los Angeles Times & New York Times
Superintendents with phony degrees and Gates imprint may come and go, but teachers are the folks who are always there.
Tulane's Cowen Institute retracts New Orleans schools report, apologizes
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Here are the people involved in the withdrawn report termed a 'high profile embarrassment.'