There will be a rally at the Colorado State Capitol. People will come from all over the state in a show of solidarity against outside education reforms. Beginning at noon, Candidates for the 2014 elections will share their vision for Colorado education as they and others speak. There will be face-painting and food stands, a fun family event with meaning.
Monday, March 31st is the big day for HB14-1039 to go to the House Education Committee. This is the fourth time it has rescheduled and it's important! This is the bill that establishes procedures and protocol to mine AND SHARE data on preschoolers. E-mail the representatives and tell them NO.
The Network for Public Education, Diane Ravitch, Anthony Cody, Arne Duncan’s former communications director, Peter Cunningham, and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, and concerned CITIZENS and PARENTS like yourself, request Congress hold formal hearings to investigate the over-emphasis, misapplication, costs, and poor implementation of high-stakes standardized testing in the nation’s K-12 public schools. Contact your U.S. Congressmen and ask them to support Congressional Hearings. Click here for more details
Michael Bennet, US Senator for Colorado
leave comment: www.bennet.Senate.gov/contact/ (202) 224-5852
Mark Udall, US Senator for Colorado
leave comment: www.markudall.Senate.gov (202) 224-5941
This bill addresses student data privacy but is missing key components. It needs to be amended to prohibit sale of student data, and it also needs an amendment for parental opt-out. Parents should be allowed to decide if their child's data is collected or shared. At the March 12 hearing, we found this bill would only address state (CDE) level-which is weak because as you can see from the Fordham study, schools and local districts don't have resources to keep data safe.
Please call or email and tell the House Ed Committee, thank them for considering HB 1294. Then make sure to let them know you want amendments to prohibit the sale of student data, and parental opt-out added to this bill.