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How a Chinese Company With Ties to TikTok Owner, ByteDance, Is Infiltrating American Classrooms

(End Times Headlines)—A Chinese-owned financial corporation that provides tutoring services, which has been deemed problematic by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is infiltrating American classrooms, according to Parents Defending Education.

Tutor.com bills itself as a personal tutor site “dedicated to promoting equity, opportunity, and achievement for all learners” that partners with “colleges and universities, K–12 schools and districts, public and state libraries, employee benefits programs, and the U.S. military to provide 24/7, on-demand tutoring and homework help in more than 250 subjects.”

At the bottom of Tutor’s website, it says “Tutor.com is controlled by Primavera Holdings Limited, a firm owned by Chinese nationals with a principal place of business in Hong Kong, China,” although it insists it’s an American company. Primavera is also associated with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance.

Parents Defending Education, a grassroots organization “working to reclaim our schools from activists imposing harmful agendas,” found that at least 100 school districts across the nation give students access to Tutor.com.

PDE president and founder Nicole Neily believes parents deserve more control over who is collecting data about their children, so she has put a spotlight on the Chinese-owned company.

“For years, school districts around the country have been far too cavalier in their treatment of student data: collecting detailed information about students and families, improperly storing sensitive personal information, and greatly expanding the number of ‘EdTech’ vendors who can access these files,” Neily told Fox News Digital.

“Tutor.com is the latest – but without a doubt, far from the last – concerning firm with access to student information, and it’s unlikely that most American families would be comfortable with a foreign-owned company maintaining this data,” Neily continued.

“Parents deserve more control over who is collecting information about their children, because districts are completely asleep at the switch.”

According to PDE research, school districts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia give students access to Tutor.com.