K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents

A guard helps a student cross an intersection after schools closed early ahead of bad weather in Pelham, New York(Reuters) – An education technology conference this week in Austin, Texas, will clang with bells and whistles as startups eagerly show off their latest wares. But the most influential new product may be the least flashy: a $100 million database built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school. In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, address and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted. …

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K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents

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