InBloom was invited to the assembly education hearings.  They refused.

Today, November 20, 2013, Assemblywoman Nolan, the chair of the assembly’s education committee,  said she would use her “Subpoena power” to get InBloom to answer some questions.  Dr. King, New York’s Commissioner of Education, stated that any questions should be directed at him because it is the state who holds the contracts with InBloom.  “Why are we the only state doing this?”  Nolan.   Only New York has Inbloom… yes! Only New York is using InBloom!!!   “They said they were ‘private’ – that’s not what they told you.”  Explain Dr. King… Explain!!  It’s a service agreement, not a contract– “What are we doing here???”  Nolan- I thank you!

It appears we have our assembly on board to, at the very least, inquire into WHY we would send personally identifiable information to a 3rd party.  This is GOOD NEWS!

Here’s an article on the hearings and here is a video of today’s hearings at the NYS assembly.

Now if we could only get the Senate on board….

Hearing the word subpoena got my brain turning… As an attorney in New York State, I handle custody cases involving children.  In those cases, in order for any evidence of educational records to be brought into court from a school, a subpoena is required.  That subpoena has to be signed by a judge. Thus,  in order for a court to see and hear about records of attendance, grades, discipline, etc. in a custody trial, there has to be a court order.  How in the world is it possible that InBloom can get these records simply by entering into a contract with New York State?