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Gates-Funded inBloom to Wind Down After NY Pullout

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The head of the inBloom student data processing organization says inBloom will shut down in the coming months following criticism that led to the recent loss of New York state as a client.

The Atlanta-based nonprofit was started with $100 million in financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corp.
The goal was to give educators across the country a data-based tool to personalize instruction. But the idea of storing sensitive student data in cloud-based servers had parents and lawmakers worried about privacy and security.
Earlier this month, New York became the latest state to back out of plans to use inBloom.
In a statement on inBloom's website Monday, Chief Executive Iwan Streichenberger called inBloom's end a "missed opportunity" for teachers and school districts.

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