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New York pulls out of inBloom student database

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York education officials say they will not store student information with the data storage firm inBloom.

State Education Department spokesman Dennis Tomkins says Wednesday that the state has directed inBloom to delete data that's been stored so far.

The move follows this week's passage of the state budget, which includes a provision to end the state's relationship with inBloom.

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A statement from inBloom Wednesday says the company respects the state's decision but still believes its technology can improve learning.

The state planned to have inBloom compile student grades, attendance, disciplinary and other information into a single database accessible through the Internet. It was seen as a tool to personalize instruction.

But opponents worried the information would come back to hurt students or be subject to outside data-mining.

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