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New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY, Photo: Matt Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Speaker Silver urges delay of NY student database

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has sent a letter to New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. saying the department should hold off on transferring sensitive student information to a new statewide database.

The letter, also signed by nearly 50 Assembly Democrats, says the lawmakers were swayed by testimony about potential flaws in the plan to share data with Atlanta-based InBloom.

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Opponents say it's too risky to store student data in servers in the so-called cloud, accessed through the Internet.

Supporters see it as a tool to track student progress and personalize instruction.

A spokesman for King says the commissioner shares concerns about the importance of protecting student privacy. Spokesman Dennis Tompkins said Thursday that while the department is confident in the portal's security and privacy protections, it will review the concerns.

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