Another school district notifies parent of Illuminate breach

Natalie Chuck reports that another district in Colorado has sent letters to parents about the breach at Illuminate Education that impacted more than 820,000 students in New York City as well as 24 other districts and 18 charter schools in NY:

Someone, somewhere knows details about thousands of students in southern Colorado after a data breach through a separate organization occurred earlier this year.

On Tuesday, District 70 sent parents a letter outlining the details of the breach which happened through Illuminate Education, a vendor the district uses. District 12 sent a similar letter to parents on April 29.

Read more at KOAA, where you will also see the district’s letter.

Other Colorado school districts are also notifying parents, as 9News reported, including Douglas County and Mesa County Valley School District 51:

Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction was among the other Colorado districts affected by the breach, the district said in an update April 22. That district said the databases impacted may have included student names, academic and behavior information, enrollment information, accommodation information, special education information, and demographic information.

And we also saw reports on Fairfield and Lakota schools in Ohio.</strike>

I think the remainder of this one will be not the shock of any breach, but tracking how long it is taking districts to find out and then notify parents. And of course, we can expect to see a large national total for this one —  and likely a number of lawsuits, because hey, this is America.

Update: We now have some data from New York State, thanks to public records request by THE Journal.

Correction: Thanks to Doug Levin who caught my error in listing two Ohio districts. Those districts were affected by the Battelle for Kids breach, not the Illuminate Education one!

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  1. Doug - May 9, 2022

    FYI: OH schools breach is via a different vendor (not Illuminate Education, but Battelle for Kids).

    • Dissent - May 9, 2022

      Oops. Corrected my post. Thanks so much for catching that for us!

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