Teachers Union Doubles-Down on Inflammatory Allegations

It appears one inflammatory allegation wasn’t enough for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) which, on Friday, doubled-down on claims against the non-profit education advocacy group Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) Connecticut.

In case you’re wondering what I’m referring to, a few days ago, the CEA alleged that CCER obtained “personally identifiable” student data from Hamden Public Schools – a claim that both Hamden and CCER wholeheartedly denied.

Here are excerpts from their statements:

From CCER:

“The data that we collected from Hamden was both anonymous and subject to a confidentiality clause. It neither contains identifiable student data nor is something that we could sell to a third party…”

From Hamden Public Schools:

“Hamden Public Schools is deeply committed to respecting the privacy of our students and their families. The press release issued by CEA on May 27, 2015 includes incorrect and inflammatory information. We would like to be clear that Hamden Public School District has not released any student information that can be linked to specific students by name. At no time did Hamden Public Schools provide our students’ Individual Education Plans to CCER or others… “

This supposed release of “personally identifiable” data was simply a desperate effort to convince the legislature to pass HB 7017, a bill that would restrict how contractors use and obtains student data. Taking pot shots at CCER was just icing on the cake.

If that wasn’t enough, on Friday CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told NBC Connecticut that CCER was “capable” of selling student data – an interesting allegation considering that the CEA linked to the Memorandum of Understanding between Hamden Public Schools and CCER in both their press releases on this matter.

Within that MOU is a confidentiality agreement that states:

“Neither party will release or disclose to any third party any non-public information or data collected by it or its subcontractor or provided to it or its subcontractor in connection with the performance of its obligations under this MOU… Each party and its subcontractor agree not to use any such non-public information except in connection with the performance of its obligations under this MOU.”

In other words, as usual, the teacher union is more concerned about pushing their political agenda than the truth.



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