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Oregon Company Chosen as Finalists in International Pitch Fest

Edtech Start-up Develops Student Privacy & Parental Consent Solution for Schools

Education Framework Inc. earned a top spot in the final round of the ISTE Ed Tech Start-up Pitch Fest 2015. The Bend-based company presented their student privacy and parental consent solution, EdProtect, to a crowd of conference attendees and industry judges at the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia. They were chosen as top finalists along with three other companies, Mathspace, Cogent and Zyrobotics, to present in the final round tomorrow at 11:30am (EST). Awards will be presented to the “Most Innovative” and the “Most Likely to Succeed” product or service.

ISTE has partnered with Edmix.com to organize and manage ISTE Pitch Fest 2015. Edmix helps educators build links into the digital industry through a series of edtech programs and competitions designed to recognize excellence.

ISTE welcomed applications from all across the globe. Ideas and start-up businesses were encouraged to apply, whether at the concept state, in pilot-mode, or already in the early stages of start-up. The finalists were chosen from more than 100 applicants.

Education Framework has created software that protects student data privacy. EdProtect is the first-ever, online student data privacy and parental consent manager for schools. It assesses the safety of apps and websites used in the classroom, engages parents, teachers, and administrators in the privacy conversation, and manages the entire process with transparency and accountability.

About Education Framework Inc.: Education Framework is an Ed Tech start-up, based in Bend, OR. The company develops enterprise compliance software for U.S. K-12 schools. Education Framework offers a unique next-gen strategic approach to managing student privacy. They can scale from small schools and districts, to state departments of education. For more information, please visit www.educationframework.com.

Student Privacy Bill Passes OR House Over Objections by Tech Giants

Lawmakers in the Oregon House approved a bill Wednesday that tightens online privacy protections for students. It passed 53-4, with Reps. Jodi Hack, R-Salem; Julie Parrish, R-Tualatin; Bill Post, R-Keizer; and Mike Nearman, R-Dallas, voting “no.”

The bill was approved by the Oregon Senate in April, but ran into opposition in the House after lobbying by technology giants like Facebook and Amazon. The companies pushed for an amendment to SB 187A that would have given parents the chance to opt-in to sharing more student data. Lobbyist group TechNet said they didn’t want the data to sell products to students.

Privacy bill supporter Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said the tech companies’ amendment could have put student information at risk.

The bill had the support of the teachers’ union, school boards, the Oregon Parent Teachers Association and the ACLU, and now heads to Governor Kate Brown.

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