Feds Using Schools to Track Kids & Families

Back in 1992 under George H.W. Bush and Lamar Alexander’s AMERICA 2000 restructuring of public education, a national system to track individual students, including their infant vaccine records, grades, teacher evaluations, test scores, etc. was specified, probably based on the Florida model that was initiated in 1988.   It was called the Speede Express.  It has continued to grow over the years.  This new story clarifies just how much information the Feds now require schools  to provide.

Buried within the enormous 2009 stimulus bill were provisions encouraging states to develop data systems for collecting copious information on public-school kids. To qualify for stimulus money, states had to agree to build such systems according to federally dictated standards. So all 50 states either now maintain or are capable of maintaining extensive databases on public-school students.
The administration wants this data to include much more than name, address and test scores. According to the National Data Collection Model, the government should collect information on health-care history, family income and family voting status. In its view, public schools offer a golden opportunity to mine reams of data from a captive audience.
The department’s eagerness to get control of all this information is almost palpable. But current federal law prohibits a nationwide student database and strictly limits disclosure of a student’s personal information. So the department has determined that it can overcome the legal obstacles by simply bypassing Congress and essentially rewriting the federal privacy statute.
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8 years ago

Although I can’t stand the thought of Big Brother intruding into our personal lives, I must say this first. I’m an amateur genealogist. I’ve done it for years to dig up my family roots. I can find voter registration cards, SSN information, census records, military service records, etc. All that was kept on file somewhere within the States or Territories that they lived. Now, it all comes together under public view. Has anything really changed except for the electronics???

8 years ago

This post is so timely, and an answer to my prayers. I recently read every word of the 71-page draft recommendations of the California Community Colleges Task Force on Student Success, dated September 30, 2011, that certain community college committee members received. Every paragraph held a new horror, and I wanted to share it, but couldn’t think of a way to (a) consolidate the information, or (b) find the right audience. Oh ye of little faith (that’s me): ASK, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE! While I take issue with MANY other elements regarding the proposed “student success” program and its implementation,… Read more »

Patriot Angel
8 years ago

LTG…I worked in the hospital setting for many years. I was a Respiratory Therapist and yes…HIPPA was taken quite seriously as well as confidentiality even between colleagues, You report on only what they need to know and nothing more.
But those with the right “credentials” could find out anything they want.
I retired in late 2005 due to my health. If it was possible then, I would hate to see how much more so now.