Legislators Informed of Hazards and Overwhelming Public Opposition to #SB649: Will Your Representatives Vote With The People Or With The Telecom Industry?

As time marches closer to the Assembly Appropriations committee hearing of SB649, a groundswell of opposition is mounting. As of August 21st, over 271 cities and towns, 47 counties, 47 planning and municipal organizations, and 53 environment, health, consumer, and justice organizations have opposed the bill.  Scientists and doctors have also been speaking out. Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Professor…

Lack of Protections in #PersonalizedLearning Software Programs Puts Privacy of Students and Families at Risk

[Press release re-shared from the National Education Policy Center // NEPC Publication] “Digital technologies used in schools are increasingly being harnessed to amplify corporate marketing and profit-making and extend the reach of commercializing activities into every aspect of students’ school lives. In addition to the long-standing goal of providing brand exposure, marketing through education technology now…

Advocates Release Parent Toolkit for #StudentPrivacy

[From Parent Coalition for Student Privacy Press Release May 16, 2017]    “Amid growing concerns about data privacy and surveillance, the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy (PCSP) and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) have created an important resource for parents to understand and safeguard students’ personal information. The Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy: A…

New Study Finds Link Between Infant Handheld #ScreenTime and Speech Delays

As tech devices extend into social spaces, it’s not uncommon to see toddlers and even babies along with their parents staring into separate handheld screens. A new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Conference in San Francisco this week adds evidence to a growing body of scientific literature on the impacts of early screen time on…

New Orleans #CharterSchool Problems Exposed at #NAACP Hearing

[Re-published with permission from author] By Bill Quigley New Orleans is the nation’s largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a nearly complete transformation of a public school system into a system of charter schools. Though there…