Speaker Silver wants to put the breaks on "data mining"

12.20.13 | Bob Price

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is calling on the state Education Department to suspend plans to create a controversial website that will post personal student data. The letter to state Education Commissioner John King is the latest pressure put on the education department to delay implementation of a student data portal being developed by inBloom Inc., an Atlanta-based company. King has defended the portal, saying it will be a valuable resource for educators, parents and students. He said the website would be secure and could only be accessed by individual students and their parents.  Many parents say it’s a serious invasion of privacy.