Gates-funded student data group to shut down

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The head of a student data processing organization says it will shut down in the coming months following criticism that led to the recent loss of its last client - New York state.

The Atlanta-based nonprofit inBloom was started with $100 million in financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corp.

The goal was to give educators across the country a data-based tool to personalize instruction. But the idea of storing sensitive student data in cloud-based servers had parents and lawmakers worried about privacy and security.

Earlier this month, New York became the last state to back out of plans to use inBloom.

In a statement on inBloom's website Monday, Chief Executive Iwan Streichenberger called its demise a "missed opportunity" for teachers and school districts.


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