Children’s Data For Sale By Government- Price $10K

Nevada dad John Eppolito has been given a $10,000 bill to see his own children’s school files containing the data collected by the state.

“The problem is that I can’t stop them from collecting the data,” Eppolito told “I just wanted to know what it [collected data] was. It almost seems impossible. Certainly $10,000 is enough reason to prevent a parent from getting the data.”

Folks, thats ten-thousand-dollars for a state employee to pull those files and make copies. Is the government collecting that much data, or did they put the most expensive, tenured state employee on the job? Or is it simply that the government doesn’t want the average parent to have access to the data collected on their children?

“This data is for everyone except the parents. It’s wrong,” said Eppolito to Fox News (Read the rest of the interview here).

Federal privacy laws have been changed (FERPA) to allow the government to share and sell our children’s data, not only to other government entities, but private domestic and international education firms.
Are companies like Pearson and InBloom paying ten grand a head for that information? Doubtful. If so, those textbook prices will be sky rocketing in the near future.

Now, this discussion is just about the government price tag of re-selling our children’s personally identifiable private information.
Perhaps the more ominous questions are which international companies are we talking about, and; what are their incentive purposes for attaining such intelligence?

Karin Piper

Colorado PolitiChick Karin Piper is an award winning author and transparency expert specializing in education and union transparency. She provides policy tools necessary for parents, union memberis, teachers and decision makers to become informed consumers in the educational marketplace. She also serves as executive director of, an organization she helped found, and works with various other non-partisan likeminded organizations. Karin was a finalist for OGI's 2012 Burke-Carr Public Interest Awards and nominated as candidate for Charter School Friend of the Year in 2009. Her knowledge of state and federal open records laws and tireless advocacy for open union negotiations has been featured by major media outlets across the nation. Her debut book, CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Ultimate Handbook for Parents, was awarded a 2009 finalist in best books for parenting and education, by USA Book News and appeared in bookstores around the world. Born and raised in Sweden, she lives in Douglas County, Colorado, the epicenter of education reform. Karin is a frequently sought as a parental voice and expert opinion in response to much of today's political edu-rhetoric and legislation proposals. She has been interviewed by many news outlets, including CBS, NBC, KNUS, EdNews, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, and many others.

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