Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Open In All the Wrong Places

Bob Braun:

The response from Anderson to CASA’s formal request under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) was, yes, such an algorithm exists—but, no, you can’t have it. Why? Well, because it wasn’t developed by the Newark public schools. Rather it somehow came from that private sector giant—secretly–determining so much of what is happening, and what will happen, to Newark’s children: the Foundation for Newark’s Future (FNF).

It is nice that inBloom is open source, and kind of Student Achievement Partners to offer you a curricular shit sandwich for free, but the benefit of that stuff doesn't come close to the disutility of keeping really essential processes secret.

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