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“Backstory on HB 2103: Data Mining in Texas” – by Donna Garner


I pleaded with all Texas Legislators not to pass HB 2103 because it would open Texas students, parents, and teachers up to possible data mining by third party entities. Then I wrote to Gov. Rick Perry on 5.31.13 and asked him to veto HB 2103.  Unfortunately, my concerns were ignored; and Gov. Perry signed it into law on 6.14.13.



HB 2103 —



On 5.13.13, HB 2103 passed unanimously in the Texas Senate – 31 and 0.


On 4.25.13 in the Texas House, HB 2103 passed with 130 yeas, 1 nay, 1 present not voting:


Absent, Excused — Alonzo; Anderson; Branch; Coleman; Dutton; Farrar; Huberty; Kacal; King, P.; Pitts; Villalba; Vo.


Absent, Excused, Committee Meeting — Otto.


Absent — Toth.




Sent by Donna Garner to all Texas Legislators and to Gov. Rick Perry: 


HB 2103 – Sharing of personal data with entities all across the United States


Villarreal/Branch/Seliger – 



This bill if passed would be a field day for hackers!  Also, liberal-left professors will most likely take over the Centers for Education Research projects; and all of our personal data will be shared among various agencies in Texas and in other states. The data shared can go back 20 years.




Basic Fact of Life:  The further that data gets away from the original source, the less people tend to protect it.



The data can include confidential information that is permitted under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g).


In a Washington Post article dated 3.13.13, ( ), the U. S. Dept. of Ed. Is being sued because of the changes made to the FERPA law under the Obama administration.  Now private companies and foundations under the cloak of “promoting school reform” are allowed to get access to private student (and teacher) information. No parental permission is required, and student ID’s are linked to their private information. 


A database funded by Bill Gates called iBloom, Inc. has already collected personal student data from seven states and will most likely morph into the national database under the Common Core Standards Initiative. 


According to the Washington Post article, the information already collected “holds files on millions of children identified by name, address and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted. In some cases, the database tracks student hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school – even homework completion.”





This bill sets up cooperating agencies including the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Texas Workforce Commission  (TWC) that will share data. 


Three centers for education research (CER’s) will be set up to conduct research using the data from the TEA, THECB, and TWC that goes back at least 20 years.


The data will be known as the P-20/Workforce Data Repository and will be operated by the Higher Education Coordinating Board.


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will establish three centers for education research (CER’s) to conduct studies and share education data, includingcollege admission tests and data from the National Student Clearinghouse. The CER’s must operate for at least a 10-year period of time.


The Commissioner of the THECB will create, chair, and maintain an advisory board over the three research centers that must approve by majority vote all research studies and/or evaluations conducted.


The advisory board will meet at least quarterly and will be live streamed. 


The Advisory Board will consist of:


A representative from the THECB, designated by the commissioner of higher education


A representative from the TEA, designated by the Commissioner of Education


A representative from the Texas Workforce Commission, designated by the commission


The directors of each of the three education research centers or the director’s designee


A representative from preschool, elementary, or secondary education


Research proposals can come from a qualified Texas researcher or from other states, a graduate student, a P-16 Council representative, or from a researcher who says the research will benefit Texas education (Pre-K through 16).


These research centers can be at a public junior college, public senior college or university, a public state college, or a consortium of all.


The data collected by these three education research centers can come from:


cooperating agencies


public or private colleges/universities


school districts


a provider of services to a school district or public or private institution of higher education


an entity approved as a part of the research project


After the three research centers are established, they must be supported by gifts and grants. 


The data agreements are supposed to protect the confidentiality of all information used or stored at these centers and is subject to state and federal confidentiality laws.  However, we know there have been hundreds of hacking incidents and the free sharing of personal information by many agencies. 


Basic Fact of Life:  The further that data gets away from the original source, the less people tend to protect it.



The data is not to be removed or duplicated from a research center without authorization. 


State education agencies from other states can negotiate agreements for these Texas education research centers to share Texas data. 


The research centers can also form agreements with local agencies or organizations that provide education services to Texas students, including relevant data about former students of Texas public schools. 


HB 2103 is to take effect immediately.




A person might want to do a search under “PEIMS, new name,” and he will find training power points that the Texas Education Agency has put together to train PEIMS data entry personnel on the new updates.  Of course, all of this training for PEIMS was BEFORE HB 2103 was passed.  I can well imagine that other data may very well be collected and shared widely.


So far as I know, that data in Texas is not being transmitted out of the state to a third-party vendor yet; but at some future time such a thing could occur.  I do know that when Texas took the Stimulus funds, they (as well as every other state in the U. S. that took the funds) had to completely redo the database that had been previously used in Texas because they had to send the data to D. C. in a certain, prescribed format. This, of course, was the Common Core Standards Initiative laying the foundation for the future national database.


Here are some links that explain what data is collected by PEIMS:



Donna Garner



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WARNING: Texas Students Data Collected!

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Texas Schools now welcome students online activity during school hours, while at one time it was monitored and restricted. Why, you might ask? Besides from the fact they are steering away from a traditional to a more constructivist teaching philosophy of education, personal data is being collected on your child.


21st Century Workforce

One thing I have learned when the powers at be implement something that is sold to save you time or money or will be a benefit to you, it ultimately will remove more of your privacy or freedom.  This is being sold as a cost saver to your local school district and will help you when it comes to helping your child be college ready.  Seriously?  The Texas Education Agency along with Texas Education Service Centers and other agencies have been working on implementing a system called Texas Student Data System where your child will be traced from the time they enter the public school system (great reason to home school) until they finish college.  Give me a break! This is nothing more than the Government’s attempt at removing freedom and collecting data on families and limiting parental involvement. The state thinks they know better what is best for your child. 

Data Mining

Your local district has a PEIMS (Personal Education Information Management System) employee that works on collecting data and sending it to the appropriate WAREHOUSE. With federal funds the Texas Education Agency received through the American Recovery Reinvestment Act opened up for students data to be shared outside of the State and available to various researchers.



There are no boundaries as to what these organizations will do when it comes to our children. There is nothing sacred or private any longer when it comes to your family if you have entered the government public school system.

Each Texas Education Service Centers assist with the collecting data on students. They each have “Texas Student Data System employees” aka CHAMPIONS” that have your child’s best interest at heart. NOT!  You have seen this is not true with the Education Service Center’s deceptive plan of implementing CSCOPE in the Texas School System. CSCOPE assessment/test are mandatory within a district that has purchased it and students test results are recorded in a data system. These test never come home for parents to review.


Your child will receive a Unique ID number once they enter the “system”  that will stay with them along with he personal online StudentGPS dashboard with photo (see below).  Personal Information will be collected and coded. What will be collected? Name, Sex, Test Scores, Finances, activities, discipline, parents info, personality characteristics, psychological analysis, academic competency, etc. 







ben Franklin



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