Update on Privacy and School Overcrowding

March 7, 2016

Dear Friend,

1. Update on student privacy: Deputy Commissioner Beth Berlin has assured us that no personally identifiable information will be collected as a result of the new NYSED Gates grant, and no data will be linked to any pre-existing personal information that the state has already collected.

She also said that it is likely that a Chief Privacy Officer will be finally appointed by the end of the month, and that the Chief Archivist is reconsidering their earlier decision to place personal student data from the State’s Longitudinal Data System after the student has graduated into the State archives. We will update you when we hear more on this issue.

2. For NYC residents, a reminder to please come testify tomorrow at the City Council hearings on the school capital plan. Come tell the Council how school overcrowding is affecting your child, or if you’re a teacher, how it’s affecting your students ability to learn. Public testimony starts at 3 PM at City Hall. My testimony for tomorrow is now posted here. Please also send a letter to Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to build more schools and reform the school planning and siting process by clicking here.


Leonie Haimson
Executive Director
Class Size Matters
124 Waverly Pl.
New York, NY 10011

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