Author Archives: Harmonica

Surveillance and EdTech Tyranny

The public comments below were delivered at the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting on November 16, 2021: Privacy is a human right and essential to freedom.  Today you propose a $2.5M contract for a Camera and Access Control system.  These … Continue reading

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Hillsborough Schools Blocks Girls’ Shot at Basketball

The public comments below were delivered at the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting on November 2, 2021: Privacy is a human right and essential to freedom. BigTech snoops in your personal matters in ways you are unaware. But you are … Continue reading

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A War on Parents and a Waste of Taxpayer Dollars: Social Emotional Learning

Hillsborough County School Board (ahem: IMO law breakers!) recently approved spending $362,500 annually on Panorama Social Emotional Learning (SEL) surveys.  It was not spent on reading, writing, or arithmetic; it was spent on a contract with Panorama Education for SURVEYS … Continue reading

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A Florida Controversy over Intelligence-Led Policing or is it Childhood Social Credit Scoring?

One Florida county has created its own version of Chinese Social Credit Scoring—a rating system for American children.  Florida government agencies collect data on children such as abuse histories, intelligence, grades, GPA, health information, attendance records, etc.  Then a local … Continue reading

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FortifyFL: Florida’s Misguided Communist-Style Student Reporting Tool

In 2018 Florida passed legislation requiring the rollout of a reporting app called FortifyFL that promotes communist-style snitching on your neighbor, but in this case on Florida’s students. Continue reading

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Congratulations Hillsborough Schools: Your Skills in Stonewalling Parents are Superb!

My jaw dropped when I came across School Board Member Cindy Stuart’s comments from the July 30, 2019 Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) board meeting.  Given what I know from years of research on student data security, her comment swirled … Continue reading

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Who Holds Florida School Districts Accountable?

On May 12 Boca News Now reported that a second grader hacked Palm Beach County School District’s student password system.  This isn’t the first time a Florida school system has had problems with security.  In 2018 Florida Virtual Schools “left the … Continue reading

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Your Kid’s Educational Data: A Rich Target?

Just before the end of the 2018-2019 school year a Tampa middle school cafeteria was bursting with parents attending a new student orientation. Rising sixth grade parents were told to use an online tool called Edsby for communicating with teachers.  … Continue reading

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Was Angelina Jolie Elected To Hillsborough County School Board?

A Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) website posted a picture of Jolie as one of its school board members!  Maybe we can get an autograph if we attend a school board meeting! Is this a joke? Was the website hacked? … Continue reading

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Teachers, Parents, Countrymen: How Much of Your Personal Data Does the School District Share?

I wondered how much data Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) shares. What I found was the below excerpt in an agreement that HCPS has with a third party. The document was obtained through a public records request. “Recipient” is a … Continue reading

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