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Why Public School & Privacy Advocates Should Be Wary of Project Unicorn, InnovateEDU Inc., its Funders, and their Motives

Is your school committing its students’ data to profiteering ed tech vendors (and perhaps others) via a Project Unicorn pledge? You can check out the answer here. Project Unicorn makes the claim below. My school district, Iowa City Community School … Continue reading

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Who gets access to the kids’ information? InnovateEDU Inc./Project Unicorn’s Pledges are Overly Vague–Did Your School Commit?

The big unknown question is who or what exactly will have access to children’s information that InnovateEDU Inc./Project Unicorn is collecting as part of its (or maybe its funders’?) data interoperability project? Schools are not legally required to share children’s information … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Data, data interoperability, Data Mining, Ed tech, Fiduciary Responsibility, ICCSD, Iowa City Schools, Monetize children's data, Opt In, Opt Out, Privacy, Project Unicorn, School Board Ethics, Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Project Unicorn Reminds Me of inBloom #studentprivacy

Staring at a school provided screen, often smaller than the one many adults work on, a 21st Century school child works as a research subject for outside companies, sharing information and producing data that these companies will then mine and … Continue reading

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What will ICCSD’s School Bond Cost Me? More than you might think.

$1.95033 per thousand of assessed property valuation is the projected debt service levy (tax) for the $191.525 million school bond if it passes, for the year 2018-2019 as shown as  in Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD’s)  “2017-2018 Certified Budget” … Continue reading

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Iowa’s Residential Rollback

Most property owners, including owners of residential and commercial property, in Iowa pay property taxes based on a reduction of their property valuation. This assessment limitation is known as a “rollback,” and you can see the history of Iowa’s rollbacks … Continue reading

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Why the school property tax rate by itself is a poor measure of school taxes overall

The assessed value of a property makes a difference when it comes to calculating and paying property taxes. In the Iowa City area, the assessed value of properties overall generally grows. If you were to sell your home, this increase … Continue reading

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2017 ICCSD General Obligation Bond Frequently Asked Questions aka FAQs

Question :  What do Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) voters vote on during the September 12th election? A. Bond Ballot Referendum Language; B. Facilities Master Plan (FMP) of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD); or C. Specific projects … Continue reading

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