Originally posted at Defending Ed
On Sept. 9, 2021, Fairfax County Public Schools signed “Amendment 2,” a new agreement to pay $2,445,300 to Panorama Education to collect confidential data on “all” 180,000+ K-12 Fairfax County Public School children, a $599,640 increase over the already outrageous $1,845,660 contract inked on June 8, 2021.
Parents criticized the contract as data mining of children. A parent notified Parents Defending Education in mid-September that Panorama Education was cofounded by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s son-in-law, raising questions about whether Garland has a conflict of interest in issuing a memo in early October targeting parents protesting school board decisions, such as the Panorama Education contract.
1. Original contract from June 8, 2021: $1,845,660
2. New contract from Sept. 9, 2021: $2,445,300
In September 2021, Fairfax County Public School quietly signed “Amendment No. 2: Social Emotional Learning Screener” for contract 4400010525, with Boston-based private contractor Panorama Education. This expanded contract will now allow Panorama Education, a for-profit company funded in part by Mark Zuckerberg, well-known for harvesting and monetizing data, to screen “all” Fairfax children and conduct psychometric evaluations and create psychological profiles.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg and his physician wife Priscilla Chan are investors in Panorama Education, raising questions among northern Virginia parents about the consulting firm engaging in the controversial practice of “data mining,” on the pretense of “social and emotional learning,” known as “SEL.”
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