October 11, 2021

 Biden's Attorney General Linked to Data Firm Aimed at Harassing Parents

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 

US Attorney General Merrick Garland is linked to a research firm that collects psychological data on public school children without parental consent. The firm collects student data and asks students about their gender identity and how they feel talking about race in their classrooms. The firm has been paid millions by multiple school districts across the country.

The Background: 

Panorama Education “pulls your key student information into one spot and gives you visual dashboard reporting,” as their website says. 

The group was co-founded by US Attorney General Merrick Garland’s son-in-law and is also funded by Mark Zuckerberg.

The firm has been hired by at least one-third of the nation’s 100 largest school districts including Dallas ISD, New York City Public Schools, and the Seattle School District. 

School boards are using a loophole in the law to classify the firm as a “school official,” which means they can share information without parental consent. 

The news of this connection to Garland comes on the heels of the Attorrney General using federal resources to respond to a National School Board Association request for help that grouped concerned parents with “domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

Garland and the DOJ under Biden have continued to widen the definition of domestic terrorism.

Notable Quotes: 

“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” - National School Board Association

“Our technology is used to help schools gather feedback from students, families, and educators. Panorama only uses student data for the purpose of helping schools and districts better serve their students. Panorama is not affiliated with any particular academic philosophy, including critical race theory (CRT).” - Panorama Education

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