James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, writes:
Schools are becoming more digital by the day, incorporating new software and online learning tools that are transforming our classrooms in exciting ways. Amid these technological changes and advances, Common Sense Media and others have worked to ensure a trusted online environment in our classrooms so students can learn and thrive rather than be exploited and exposed to marketing efforts from technology vendors.
We believe we can embrace innovation in the classroom and maintain core privacy and data security protections for students and their families, and lawmakers in Oregon and other states across the nation have joined in that effort. But as the movement to protect the private and personal information of schoolchildren and their families gains momentum, some sectors of the tech industry are stepping up their efforts to block or weaken laws aimed at keeping our kids safe.
Read more of his letter on Bend Bulletin.